by Mikey Jones
The largest jellyfish captured in the UK have been spotted by divers in Dorset.
Known as ‘barrel jellyfish’ or ‘dustbin jelly’ they are normally only ever spotted once every five years in the UK – and there is very little known about their migration habits.
The harmless jellyfish are known for their huge size and were captured on Chesil Beach, on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, on April 13.
Photographer and bathroom fitter, Paul Pettitt, 53, heard that the jellyfish were back in town and decided to head down to the beach with two other divers.
Paul, from Worth Matravers, Dorset, said: “The barrell jellyfish can grow to the size of a dustbin hence the name.
“They’re completely harmless to humans and are a favourite meal for Leatherback Turtles – it’s thought they follow plankton around the oceans but no-one is entirely sure.
“The photos were taken at Chesil Beach, Portland on April 13th 2019 – we had heard that the Barrell Jellyfish were back so three divers including myself entered the water to look for them.”