Featured image: RNLI Lough Swilly
FAMILIES and pet owners are being urged to take care as potentially dangerous jellyfish wash up on local beaches.
Jellyfish are a common sight on Donegal beaches, but some species can be harmful.
Blue jellyfish have been reported on Culdaff beach and today at Stragill beach in Buncrana.
“They can give you quite a sting so be mindful of your kids and the family dog!,” warns the RNLI Lough Swilly crew.
To avoid getting stung, the public is advised to:
- do not touch jellyfish, so make sure curious children don’t get too close
- do not swim at times when jellyfish appear in large numbers (a jellyfish bloom)
- do not swim in a place known to have many jellyfish, especially on a downwind shore
- do not swim or dive in jellyfish areas without protective clothing
- do not play or sunbathe where jellyfish are washed up on the beach
Animals are also at risk of getting stung, therefore keep your dog on a lead when walking on the beach, the HSE advises.
To find out more about jellyfish in Ireland and what to do if you get a sting, visit: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/water/bathing/jellyfish-in-irish-coastal-waters.html