Rescue crews warn beach-goers to stay away from jellyfish

PUBLISHED: 09:09 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:09 12 October 2017

A jellyfish photographed by the RNLI.

A jellyfish photographed by the RNLI.

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Lifeboat crews are warning people to stay away from jellyfish after a man o' war was washed up on Weston-super-Mare beach.

RNLI Portishead is urging people not to go near the venomous species and to keep children and pets away from them.

A Portuguese man o’ war was found on Weston beach in September and a number have also washed up on the Welsh coastline.

The jellyfish are not normally found in this country, but strong winds and bad weather can wash them into our seas.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has had around 200 sightings reported so far this year.

Anyone who spots one, is asked to call the MCS 01989 566017.

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