A new sighting of the giant Lion’s Mane jellyfish has been reported in Donegal this week.
Two of the venomous jellyfish are thought to have appeared in the water at Inver Bay in South Donegal.
One was pictured (above) by local diver John Meehan.
Safety warnings have been issued in Northern Ireland after several of the jellyfish washed up on local beaches.
Beachgoers are being advised to take care and not touch the creatures, dead or alive, as they can deliver a venomous sting and may cause medical complications. Dog owners in particular have been warned to keep their pets away.
The Lion’s Mane, which can grow up to 2 meters in diameter, has become more common in Irish waters in recent years.
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. More informaton is available at : https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/water/bathing/jellyfish-in-irish-coastal-waters.html