Watch out for the Lion's Mane!
Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00
THE HEAD of Irish Water Safety is warning people to beware of any venomous Lion's Mane jellyfish in coastal waters off County Wexford.
John Leech said the discovery of a Lion's Mane jellyfish in Dublin Bay last week meant that it had to have come up past south eastern shores.
Mr. Sutton urged people to use local authority manned and lifeguarded bathing places to ensure that they avoid being stung.
'The Lifeguards ensure your safety on our beaches and will be patrolling on their surf rescue boards and on the beaches to ensure that these jellyfish do not pose a threat to members of the public,' he said.
He said that given the high temperatures in our waters, the prevailing westerly winds and the north Atlantic current, these potentially dangerous jellyfish are likely to appear on more of our beaches in the coming weeks, including those in County Wexford.
Another type of poisonous jellyfish, the Portuguese Man o' War, was reported on Bunmahon and Clonea strand in Waterford last Tuesday.
Mr. Sutton said those people who will be using non-lifeguarded beaches can find information on jellyfish and treatment of stings at the Irish Water Safety website, www.iws.ie
In Marine Emergencies, call 112 and ask for the Coastguard.