Senior ecologist at IT Sligo says ‘Lions Mane’ jellyfish quite common but to be avoided

A senior ecologist at IT Sligo says the presence of ‘Lion’s Mane’ Jelly Fish on beaches in the region is nothing unusual but people should avoid them if possible.

Dr. Francis Lucey is the head of the Department of Environmental Science at the Institute.

She has been commenting on reports by beachgoers in many parts of the region who have come across them.

She says they are quite common to these cool waters of the North Atlantic but they are being blown ashore by westerly winds.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today, Dr. Lucey said people are unlikely to come across them in the water and when they wash ashore they are usually dead.

But she warns that they can still sting when dead and they should be avoided and reported if possible: