Sunday, 12 August 2012

Formby



There were some impressive jellyfish washed up on the beach today. They seemed to belong to two species, Lions Mane jellyfish Cyanea capillata and Compass jellyfish Chrysaora hysoscella. Lions Mane is the largest known jellyfish in the World, and can grow to a diameter of over 2m and have tenticles of over 40m long, considerably longer than the Blue Whale, making it the largest (or at least the longest) living animal in the World! The specimens we saw were more like 45cm diameter. Lions Mane has a very severe sting and can still sting long after being stranded on the beach. The Compass jellyfish were about 20cm, though some were much smaller.


Formby is an excellent site for Sanderling and this is a great time of year to see them. We also saw lots of Sandwich Terns and a single Gannet.

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