Monday 23 April 2018

Stranded: thousands of jellyfish wash up on Co Clare beach

Jellyfish washed up on at Fanore, Co Clare, in the second mass stranding this year. Photo: Liam McNamara
Jellyfish washed up on at Fanore, Co Clare, in the second mass stranding this year. Photo: Liam McNamara
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

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

The bizarre event occurred earlier this week at Fanore, Co Clare, and was captured in a picture by Liam McNamara. He said he had never seen so many mauve jellyfish on one beach.

Mr McNamara said that there was also a mass stranding of jellyfish in June.

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

"There was a stranding back in June of moon jellyfish and of course we're getting quite a few Portuguese man o' war.

"I'm not sure what's going on with our seas but (there are) 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.

The mass stranding came just days after Irish Water Safety issued a warning over an invasion of Portuguese man o' war jellyfish.

Due to an unseasonably warm September, the deadly jellyfish swarmed into Irish waters as bathers on the south, west and north-west were urged to be vigilant.

Meanwhile, a number of homes in Kerry were flooded following rain across the county over 24 hours.

The houses in Portmagee were flooded and the R566 between Portmagee and Ballinskelligs at Coomanaspig was closed due to a bogslide.

Kerry County Council is assessing the situation. Spot flooding remains and there is surface water on many routes on the Dingle Peninsula and the Iveragh Peninsula.

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