The Lion’s maze, often known as the giant jellyfish has been spotted in the waters surrounding Malin Head with beachgoers and swimmers being warned of the dangers they can possess.
The jellyfish had been seen in Irish waters in recent weeks, with some swimmers being hospitalised near Galway.
The dangerous jellyfish has a powerful sting in its tentacles which can cause severe pain and anaphylactic shock.
The jellyfish were frequently spotted on Donegal beaches last summer, so beachgoers should be on the lookout for the giant creatures, especially those with pets.
The jellyfish can be identified by it’s colour, which varies from deep red to yellow individuals. The Lion’s mane is the largest type of jellyfish and in some instances can grow to a diameter of 2.3 metres.
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