Look what has now washed up on Weston beach...

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 July 2011 | UPDATED: 17:17 14 July 2011

Michael Walker with jellyfish

Michael Walker with jellyfish

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BEACH-GOERS were left surprised after spotting an unusual sea creature on Weston's sands.

Ian Walker, of the Coronation estate, was enjoying a stroll with his family on Uphill beach last week when his son Michael spotted something strange. What he initially thought was a plastic bag, upon closer inspection turned out to be a jellyfish.

Father-of-four Ian, aged 49, said: “It fascinated me and the kids as we thought how on earth has this ended up here?

“We had a shark wash up the other week and now a jellyfish – what is going on?

“We are just curious about what it is exactly and want to know why these unusual sea creatures keep popping up in Weston?”

Richard Harrington, from the Marine Conservation Society, said it is a barrel jellyfish from the Atlantic.

Richard said: “It is a very big but completely harmless type of jellyfish.

“We have seen very few in some years, just occasionally many thousands arrive off western coasts – probably related to sea currents.

“They are a favourite food of leatherback turtles, which visit our waters occasionally.”

"We had a shark wash up the other week and now a jellyfish – what is going on"

Puzzled Weston dad

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