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Visitors to popular Irish beach urged to stay out of water following dangerous jellyfish invasion

Cian Murray

Published 11/08/2016 | 13:59

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have issued a statement warning people in Sandycove to avoid getting into the sea.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council have issued a statement warning people in Sandycove to avoid getting into the sea.

Bathers at a popular Dublin beach have been warned to stay out of the water due to an invasion of dangerous jellyfish.

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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has issued a statement warning people in Sandycove to avoid getting into the sea as there are dangerous jellyfish lurking just beneath the surface.

Several Lion's Mane jellyfish have been spotted in the area over the past number of days.

There name may make them sound cute and fluffy, but the Lion's Mane are anything but.

A Lion's Mane Jellyfish spotted in Templetown
A Lion's Mane Jellyfish spotted in Templetown

Unlucky swimmers that come into contact with the jelly may experience "nausea, vomiting and respiratory distress."

A statement from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council read: "We have raised the red warning flag in Sandycove and erected signs warning swimmers of the presence of jellyfish in the water and washed up on the beach. The species have been identified as Lion's Manes.

"Bathers are advised not to enter the water due to the presence of these jellyfish whose sting can be dangerous and cause serious symptoms including nausea, vomiting and respiratory distress."

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