Irish Water Safety have urged swimmers to use manned lifeguarded bathing places as one of the most venomous jellyfish breeds were spotted in the waters of a Dublin beach.
A lifeguard took the above picture of the Lion’s mane jellyfish, the world’s largest known species, in the water at Sutton. A sting from a Lion’s mane is rarely fatal, but most encounters cause temporary pain and localized redness.
The IWS have said that due to the high temperatures in Irish waters at the minute that more potentially dangerous jellyfish are likely to appear along beaches in coming weeks and that swimmers should exert caution to avoid being stung.
“The Lifeguards ensure your safety on our beaches and will be patrolling on their surf rescue boards and on the beaches to ensure that they do not pose a threat to members of the public,” a press release read.
It comes after a young girl was rushed to hospital in Cork after an allergic reaction from a jellyfish earlier today and two reported sightings of a Portuguese man o’‘war jelly fish were reported on Bunmahon and Clonea strand in Waterford last Tuesday.