Gigantic ‘killer’ jellyfish with agonizing sting heads for UK amid heat wave

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Britons are being warned to keep an eye out for giant ‘killer’ jellyfish set to hit UK beaches during this week’s heatwave.

The towering sea creatures can sprout tentacles up to 160 feet, which is equivalent to the size of five double-decker buses.

The news comes as the UK bakes in a record heat wave with thousands of people flocking to the coast to cool off.

But people should stay alert because the Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish have an incredibly powerful sting and can cause agony to anyone unfortunate enough to get caught.

Although rare – there were only 62 reported sightings in the UK last year – windy weather and high tides can see them wash up on our beaches.

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The news comes as the UK bakes in a record heat wave with thousands of people flocking to the coast to cool off, such as Bournemouth beach (pictured)

Children and the elderly are particularly at risk from their unsuspecting bites.

Leatherback turtles head to British seas in the summer to feast on jellyfish, which are actually a floating colony of very small animals, so if you spot a Portuguese man of war a turtle might not be too far away. no more.

Beachgoers are advised to stay clear and stay away from the transparent oval-shaped jellyfish to avoid painful injury.

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They are known to occasionally kill humans.

Beaches across the country will heave over the next few days as the UK is on the brink of scorching, with temperatures topping 32C.

A rise in temperature does not affect the amount of jellyfish likely to invade UK shores, but it is important that swimmers are aware of the dangers and the signs to look out for.



Beachgoers are advised to stay clear and stay away from the transparent oval-shaped jellyfish to avoid painful injury
Beachgoers are advised to stay clear and stay away from the transparent oval-shaped jellyfish to avoid painful injury

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In 2010 Maria Furcas, 69, suffered an allergic reaction and died after being stung in the leg by a man-of-war while swimming with her sister in Porto Tramatzu near Cagliari in Sardinia, reports The Sun.

And in 2018, 13-year-old Verity Stainton left the sea covered in burns after being enveloped by jellyfish while swimming near Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire.

Kate Lally was ‘attacked’ by a jellyfish last summer while swimming to cool off at Formby Beach in July 2021.

“At first it was like a wasp sting, over a larger area of ​​skin,” she wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“Then it started to burn and I washed it in hot water when I got home, as per NHS guidelines. After that there were no signs of my bites and I couldn’t feel nothing either.

“But after a night’s sleep, I woke up with horrible, hot, itchy marks on my arm and both legs. Standing outside in the hot weather today has them pounding.”

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