Over the last few years, we appear to be getting ever increasing numbers of jellyfish getting washed up along Fife’s coastline. The two most common species are the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish and the Moon Jellyfish – these often appear as blue or orange jelly ‘circles‘ on the strand-line of any given beach.
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish can grow up to 6 feet (180cm) across, and one was sighted off the west coast of Scotland with 120 ft long tentacles – jellyfish of this sort of size could have fatal stings to them, but the much smaller ones found commonly around Scottish coasts will only cause mild stings, similar in strength to stinging nettles. The sting can be treated with vinegar to restrict the stinging sensation.
The Moon Jellyfish, however, is generally a smaller genus, it is usually 5 – 40cm in diameter, and is also often found washed up around Fife’s coastline. It’s sting is almost undetectable by humans.
Both jellyfish feed on microscopic plankton that float in large numbers in most of our oceans and seas.