July 2 – Moon Jelly Fish

Combe Martin

Hello from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

Today we worked most for the day on the website except our walks out with Alfie. In the afternoon we walked around to Newberry Beach with Alfie and on our way noticed a few jelly fish in the rock pools below as the tide was out. They were purply-pink colour. When we got to the beach we were pleased to find there were no other dogs there.  We were just about to take Alfie out so that he could paddle in the water when we realised the beach and seashore were covered in jellyfish. Now anyone that knows me knows I have a terrible fear of jellyfish which has haunted me since I was stung badly by a Portuguese Man of War in the Canary Islands as a nine-year-old. So in one movement, Mike lifted Alfie into his arms and we both ran from the beach. I went right to the top of the steps (just in case they followed me).

It turns out they are Moon jellyfish which belong to the genus Aurelia. There are 13 types of Moon Jellyfish, the most common species being Aurelia aurita.

Moon jellyfish look amazing with their transparent circular bell.  Moon Jellyfish do sting and it hurts. However, Moon jellyfish stings are not fatal to humans as their mild venom is not enough to seriously injure a full grown human being. The result of such stings is normally some pain and a small swollen spot.

I think they were brought up by the stormy weather last night but it took many days for them to clear from both beaches.