An alert has been raised after a giant Lion’s Mane jellyfish was spotted in the water near a popular Donegal beach.
The dangerous jellyfish appeared near sea caves today at Marble Hill, which is a busy beach area for families and recreational watersports.
There has been a rise in local sightings of the creatures this summer, while several swimmers were hospitalised in Galway after being stung.
The lion’s mane has a powerful sting in its tentacles which can cause severe pain and anaphylactic shock.
A sting from a Lion’s Mane jellyfish can cause nausea, sweating, cramps, headaches and other symptoms.
If you have been stung, the HSE advice is to remove yourself from the water / vicinity of the jellyfish and seek help and advice from lifeguards if you are on a lifeguarded beach.
Try to carefully remove any attached tentacles by flushing the sting area with sea water and removing tentacles with gloved hands, clean stick, tweezers, or scraping gently with the edge of a credit card. Don’t try to rub them off. If serious symptoms occur, seek medical attention.
More informaton is available at : https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/water/bathing/jellyfish-in-irish-coastal-waters.html