July 25, 2008
Experts Warn of Jellyfish Invasion
Millions of jellyfish could be set to swarm Britain's holiday beaches, experts warned yesterday.
They said at least seven breeds - including the deadly Portuguese man o'war and the poisonous lion's mane - will be seen.Rising sea temperatures because of global warming have seen more exotic species entering British waters.
Lions mane were spotted off northern Scotland in May, while the mauve stinger killed millions of fish in Scottish salmon farms last year.
And man o'wars were skulking around the Cornish coast. Other stingers include the blue and compass breeds, which are found all around the UK.
The Marine Conservation Society's Peter Richardson appealed for holidaymakers to help them count jellyfish.
But he warned: "Look but don't touch."