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What happens to beached jellyfish?

 

Lately, there have been reports of thousands of Moon Jellyfish (also known as Common Jellyfish) washing up on the west coast of England and Wales.

UK jellyfish

 

 

Why do jellyfish strand?

 

Jellyfish are not strong swimmers. They can 'pulse' their dome shaped bodies which pushes them forwards a little but nothing more. Thus, they can easily get carried along by currents and are helpless to do anything about it. The result is that they can simply get dumped on our beaches.

 

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As soon as the jellyfish is dropped on the beach by the retreating tide, the jellyfish begins to die. A jellyfish breathes by taking in oxygen from the seawater through its skin so as soon as it is on dry land it can no longer live.

 

Sand hoppers, as can be seen from the open burrow holes around the jellyfish in the photo above, take an interest in the jellyfish - perhaps they are a source of refreshing water.

 

 

There is really nothing to jellyfish - a light skin, reproductive organs (the pink rings) and a digestive system (light brown material below the rings) and the rest is water. In fact, a jellyfish is about 95% water. Once on the beach, the water in the jellyfish evaporates, a process called deliquescing. After a few hours in the sun, the jellyfish is merely a faint imprint on the sand.

 

 

CRABS

 

 

WORMS

 

 

JELLYFISH

 

 

EGGS

 

 

SEAWEEDS

 

 

BIRDS

 

 

INSECTS

 

 

SHELLS

 

 

URCHINS/STARFISH

 

 

TRACKS

 

 

 BARNACLES

 

 

 

STONES

FISH

SEABEANS

 

 

 

PLASTIC STUFF

 

 

GLASS STUFF

METAL STUFF

 

WOODEN STUFF

 

 

Have a look at our galleries of beach finds above.

 

 

  

 

A GREAT FIND!

  

 

 

 

 

Jellyfish as big as dustbin lids!

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE ABOUT JELLYFISH

 

Any finds you'd like to share? 

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Thank you!