'Warning, lion's mane jellyfish' - Beach-goers shocked after three giant jellyfish wash up
Shocked people wrote warnings in the sand after three giant lion's mane jellyfish washed up on an Irish beach.
The creatures were spotted on Narin Strand in Co Donegal on Tuesday morning.
Clare Tuthill was enjoying a day at the beach with her family when she saw the jellyfish.
Clare, who is from Maynooth in Co Kildare, told Independent.ie: "We were walking along the beach when we saw the first one about three-quarters from the shore line, another half way down and a third at the other end of the strand, washed up on the rocks.
"I'd only actually heard of them after reading another article on Independent.ie.
"I was chatting to my mum and daughter about them and we were looking out for them but we were absolutely shocked to see one, never mind three.
"There were a few people looking at them and someone had written 'Warning, lion's mane jellyfish' in the sand."
This comes just days after a giant lion's man jellyfish was discovered at Downings on the Rosguill Peninsula in Donegal.
Michelle Hay of Mulroy Coast Guard said one sting from this particular type of jellyfish can cause potentially deadly anaphylactic shock.
"There has just been one report so far on Downings Beach but there has been lots of reports along the coast of Donegal," she said.
"This type of jellyfish is very large and has long tentacles, and its stings can be extremely painful. Its stings can also cause anaphylactic shock. We are just warning families that they are there, as this beach is very busy and is very popular with families with young children."
Ms Hay said the lion's mane - which gets its name from its long tentacles and their orange-brown colour - is the largest jellyfish to be found in Irish waters.
She added: "People that live along the coast are used to seeing these types of jellyfish but maybe people coming on day trips from Northern Ireland are not so used to it. The advice is to stay away from them and report any sightings to the Coast Guard."