Friday 16 November 2018

Invasion of the stinging jellyfish intensifies

Nicola Tallant

SHOALS of jellyfish invaded Dublin's coastline again yesterday forcing bathers out of the water.

The seas around Dun Laoghaire, Killiney and Sandycove were devoid of swimmers due to hundreds of orange and brown stingers which arrived en masse on beaches, including the popular Forty Foot. Only Dun Laoghaire harbour on the southside was safe from the jellyfish, whose stings landed three swimmers in hospital last week.

To the north of the city, visitors to Portmarnock were also surprised at the number of jellyfish.

Dun Laoghaire Cllr Jane Dillon Byrne, who swims at the Forty Foot every day, says the jellyfish returned at the weekend.

"Nobody can understand why they are on the Irish coast in such high numbers because the water temperature isn't that high," she said.

Yesterday, at Sandycove's Forty Foot, water temperature reached 60 degrees - just one degree higher than other Julys.

Already this year swimmers in Kerry and Waterford have been warned about the stingers lurking in the water.

Now south Dublin waters are being blighted from the fish whose stings can result in agony, scarring and potentially fatal shock.

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