Sunday 4 December 2016

'I'm not sure what's going on with our seas' - Thousands of jellyfish wash up on Irish beach

Published 03/10/2016 | 20:49

Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara

Thousands of jellyfish have washed up on an Irish beach in the second mass stranding this year.

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Liam McNamara contacted Independent.ie on Facebook today with these stunning pictures of the bizarre event captured at Fanore, Co Clare on Monday.

He said: "This is the first time I've experienced Mauve Jellyfish in such numbers and I've been beachcombing for 40 years.

"This is the second mass stranding this year. There was a stranding back in June of Moon Jellyfish and of course we're getting quite a few Portuguese man o' war.

Picture Liam McNamara
Picture Liam McNamara

"I'm not sure what's going on with our seas but definitely lots more jellies around. Jellyfish are not great swimmers and so they are very prone to tidal and wind conditions. I think these got caught off guard by the strong westerlies," he explained.

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