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                                                                                                       Nature Notes By                                           brushing against nettles. Mauve stingers
                                                                                                                                                                 give a highly irritating sting with a
                                                                                                                                                                 burning sensation which can result in
                                                                                                       David Williams                                            nausea, blisters and scabs.
                                                                                                                                                                   It’s best to look at those washed up
                                                                                                                                                                 but not to touch. If stung in the water,
           Crushed whelk shells                                                                                                                                  get out immediately and remove any
           from Cardigan Bay                                                                                                                                     tentacles or stings still attached to your
                                                                                                                                                                 skin. As long as they are attached, they
                                                                                                                                                                 have the potential to keep on stinging.
             Use for                                                                                         f you like them or not, you may   concentration and few predators.  Remove with gloves, if at all possible, just
             •  Plant pot and terrarium dressing                                                             well spot some summer visitors   There are six species commonly   in case it stings your hand. Scraping the
             •  Garden borders and beds                                                                      washed up along our coastline.
             •  Drainage layer to aid run-off                                                                 During the summer months   found in our waters. Each one can sting   affected area with a credit card can help
             •  Surface mulch to retain moisture                                                                                    whether dead or alive as long as the   remove any lingering stings. Warm water
             •  Natural, gentle, pest control                                                                it’s possible to find jellyfish   animal is still wet. While any part is   and vinegar can both help relieve the
                                                                                                      Iwashed up on our beaches here
             A great alternative to quarried grit or gravel                                            in Ceredigion and elsewhere in the UK,   hydrated, particularly the tentacles, they   stinging sensation. If in doubt always get
             Bulk quantities available on request                                                                                   can still sting. Compass jellyfish have   medical help or aid from any available
                                                                                                       particularly along west and south coasts.   markings like that of a compass and   beach patrol.
                                                                                                       Jellyfish can be seen here at any time
                                                                                                                                                                   Blooms of jellyfish were spotted off
                                                                       between April and September especially   can give a feeling like stinging nettles if   the coast of Ynyslas a few weeks back,
                                                                                                                                    stung. Barrel jellyfish give a weak sting.
                                                                                                       after rough seas. They have been around   Moon jellyfish with four white rings have   reported by local boat users. Many were
                                                                                                       for millions of years, being the oldest   a sting not strong enough to penetrate a   washed up on the shoreline as the tide
                                                                                                       multi organ animal species on the planet   human. Lion’s main jellyfish with orange   receded providing some interesting
                                                       SWYDDI                                          crustaceans, fish eggs, small fish and   and red tentacles can give a nasty sting   photographic opportunities. It made
                                                                                                       which is alive today. They eat plankton,
                                                                                                                                                                 a walk along the beach even more
                                                                                                                                    and medical attention is recommended.
                                                                                                       other jellyfish. They don’t have many
                                                                                                                                    Blue jellyfish again give the feeling of
                                                       JOBS                                            predators, if any, within UK waters as
                                                                                                       they are top of their own food chain.
                                                                                                       Jellyfish can be found all over the world
                                                                                                       ranging in size from the smallest bells of
                                                                                                       0.5mm to ones with tentacles 36.5 metres
                                                       > Lle gwych i   > A great place                 long. The ones visiting British waters
                                                           fyw a gweithio     to live and work         aren’t of such extreme sizes.
                                                                                                         They tend to congregate in oxygen
                                                                                                       poor waters where plankton is abundant.
                                                                                                       While other plankton eating creatures
                                                                                                       find it difficult to survive there, it’s
                                                                                                       just the right conditions for jellyfish.
                                                                                                       As jellyfish numbers increase through
                                                                                                       rapid reproduction, sometimes to
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                                                                                                       that area. Blooms are becoming more
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                                                                                                       cluster together when the conditions
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                                                                                                       warming sea temperatures, more
                                                                       sunshine, changing ocean currents,
                                                                                                       greater amounts of food, higher oxygen

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