Monstrous jellyfish washed up on beach prompting tourists to 'cancel' holiday

A monstrous jellyfish that washed up at a seaside resort was so big it had tourists claiming they were cancelling their holidays. The gelatinous giant was found on the beach at Fairbourne in Gwynedd last May.

It was the largest in a string of jellyfish beachings across Wales around that time, estimated at a whopping one metre across. People speculated that it arrived at the mouth of the Mawddach estuary after being lured inshore by "fishy" algal blooms reported along the coast, North Wales Live reports.

But while some people were discussing how and why the wibbly wobbly water creature got to Fairbourne, many were simply stunned at the jumbo jellyfish's size. After a photo was shared online, one woman said: “Jeeeeeeze, size of that bad boy!!!!”

Another woman replied: “My God, that’s huge", while a man added: “Oh my God, imagine if the kids saw that!”

Some people even went so far as to joke they were kiboshing their holiday plans. One man, with tongue firmly in cheek, said: "Cancelled my holiday now, thanks."

Another commented: Oh my goodness!!! Nooooooo, that’s me even more nervous.” While one woman warned: “Don’t be dipping your toes in when you go.”

Others speculated as to how beach cleaners were going to remove the colossal creature, with one woman channelling her inner Chief Brody and saying: "You're gonna need a bigger boat." But the Jaws fanatic needn't have worried, as the jellyfish had vanished by the next high tide.

Two weeks earlier, another monstrous jellyfish was found on Aberdyfi beach, just down the coast. Both of the findings are believed to be barrel jellyfish - the largest in British waters.

They are also known as dustbin-lid jellyfish, as they often reach - and surpass - the size of the eponymous lid. They are most often found to be around 40cm in diameter, but can grow as large as 150cm in deeper waters.

They have eight frilly arms, which contain small stinging tentacles and hundreds of little mouths. In May and June, they swarm in warmer coastal waters to feed on plankton. Often they wash up on beaches after underestimating tides and wave strengths.

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