Moment man picks up a massive jellyfish

Staff writer

This video shows the moment a brave bystander rescued a massive stranded jellyfish - by picking it up with his bare hands.

Kind-hearted Belal Almassri, 34, was on his way home following a business meeting when he spotted the huge creature stuck against rocks in shallow water. He said he didn't want to see the animal suffer, so took it upon himself to set it free.

But he soon realised he'd have to lift it, so had to pick up the stinger and push it back out to deeper waters off Plymouth, in Devon.

He said: "I was walking back from a meeting with my mate along the Barbican when we just saw this huge jellyfish, I have never seen anything like it."

"We could see it was stuck and the tide was going lower and lower, so someone had to do something. I went down and saw it was moving so I started pushing it out into the water. We watched it for about half an hour afterwards and it was definitely moving so I think we managed to save it."

"It was so heavy I couldn't lift it myself," said Mr Almassri.

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Belal, who is originally from Palestine, was wary of the jellyfish's tentacles which can deliver a painful sting. But, fortunately for him, the worst injury he picked up was a small cut on his foot from a sharp rock.

"Some people did warn me that it could sting me or be dangerous but I am aware that there is a certain way of holding - not from underneath," he said.

"I took it from its head and pushed it away."I was not really scared. The water was very cold though!"When I got out I realised I had a cut on my foot but it was nothing serious."