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The potentially dangerous Lions Mane Jellyfish which is being washed up on Irish beaches can cause anaphylactic shock.
So far this summer the jellyfish has washed up on beaches at Portmarnock, Malahide, Sutton and Bettystown.
The Irish water safety CEO, John Leech, says 'more jellyfish are likely to appear on our beaches in the coming weeks'.
'The sting from these jellyfish can cause anaphylactic shock and we have had a number of people hospitalised as a result of a sting from these venomous Jellyfish', Leech adds.
The sting from their tentacles lasts many days after they have died.
Members of the public should report the sightings of these two jellyfish to the relevant local Authority Water Safety Development Officer here
For those who will be using non-lifeguarded beaches then download information on jellyfish, including a photo ID card and First Aid treatment of stings here
Recent weeks have seen Salthill strewn with the remains of hundreds of dead mauve stingers, which can still pack a punch even after death.
Meanwhile, though marine science boffins are not surprised by the sheer numbers of the seaborne creatures in Galway Bay as this period is their mating season, they are concerned that so many are being washed ashore.
The jellyfish warning comes not long after Fáilte Ireland's falling afoul of locals for advising against bathing at Salthill's popular strand.
While recommending the city suburb's famous promenade for walking and sightseeing, the tourism board's Discover Ireland website reportedly stated that "swimming is not recommended" at the adjacent beachs.
No reasons were given for this advice, which has raised the ire of locals including Labour Party city councillor Niall McNelis, who said: “I cannot understand why Fáilte Ireland would warn people not to swim in Salthill. It has a Blue Flag."
#Dublin Bay junior sailors turned up to race yesterday on what was arguably one of the best sailing days of the season so far only to learn the first race of their September Series was scubbed due to 'jellyfish reasons'.
It's just the latest shut down of leisure pursuits in the capitals waters after Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council warned against bathing in 'Jelly fish infested waters' at nearby Sandycove.
As a finale to the 2014 season, racing was scheduled for six dinghy classes including the Optimist, Laser Radial and 4.7, Topper, Feva and 420 classes but not even the fact that over 100 junior sailors drawn from the four dun Laoghaire yacht clubs would be on the water rather than in it could stop yesterday's cancellation of the harbour races, such is the risk posed by the Lions mane jellyfish.
Last week Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Simon Coate wrote to the yacht clubs and classes. ' A considerable number of Lions mane jellyfish have been sighted within the harbour. Please warn your members,' Captain Coate advised.
However, that may be just the tip of the iceberg in their numbers as the giant venomous species flocks to Ireland's warming coastal waters from elsewhere in the Irish Sea.
Meanwhile, restrictions on bathing have been lifted from nearby Sandycove Harbour and Killiney Beach after elevated bacterial levels were detected in the water earlier in the week.
Dollymount Strand's temporary bathing ban has also been lifted, as have a number of advisories in North Co Dublin.
However, precautionary notices remain at three locations – Burrow in Sutton, Claremont in Howth and Loughshinny Beach between Rush and Skerries – due to poor results of samples collected from outfalls at those locations.
Within minutes of the incident the girl was vomiting, spasming and suffering severe difficulty with breathing in what Goleen Coast Guard officer-in-charge Michael O'Regan called a "vicious reaction".
"After 50 years, I thought I'd seen everything," he told the Examiner. "I've done about 30 first aid courses over the years but have never come across anything to prepare us for something like this."
These warnings have been reiterated since the predicted arrival of the giant lion's mane jellyfish, which has been spotted off Sutton in North Dublin.
#jellyfish – The CEO of Irish Water Safety, John leech is urging the public to use the Local Authority manned lifeguarded bathing places to ensure that they avoid being stung by two of the most venomous jellyfish that visit our waters. The Lions mane Jellyfish has been spotted in Sutton.
The Lifeguards ensure your safety on our beaches and will be patrolling on their surf rescue boards and on the beaches to ensure that they do not pose a threat to members of the public.
The CEO is also alerting the public that due to the high temperatures in our waters, the prevailing westerly winds and the north Atlantic current, these potentially dangerous jellyfish are likely to appear on more of our beaches in the coming weeks. The Portuguese man o 'war jelly fish was reported on Bunmahon and Clonea strand in Waterford last Tuesday.
Earlier today in Barleycove, West Cork, a young girl was rushed to hospital after suffering an apparent allergic reaction to a sting from a Jellyfish.
#MarineWildlife - As if this week's warnings against swimming at 12 North Co Dublin beaches weren't enough, The Irish Times brings news of sightings of the dreaded Portuguese man o'war among other stinging sea creatures flocking to Ireland's warmer waters.
As reported earlier this week on Afloat.ie, Irish Water Safety chief John Leech gave warning of sightings at Bunmahon and Clonea strand in Waterford of the dangerous jellyfish-like species, last seen here in big numbers in September 2012.
But the warm currents flowing towards Irish shores are also likely to bring the lion's mane jellyfish, which packs a sting to match its large size - often 2 metres in diameter.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
#Jellyfish - A giant jellyfish found beached on Dorset's south coast in recent days could be a harbinger of a future invasion of British and Irish waters.
ITV News reports on the metre-wide barrel jellyfish, also appropriately known as the dustbin-lid jellyfish, which was found by a dog-walker on Portland beach.
Despite its fearsome size, the UK's Marine Conservation Society says the Atlantic-native species is harmless to humans.
But warming waters off the UK and Ireland's southern coasts this summer could see them turn out in huge numbers, thriving in a climate that threatens our native marine species, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.
The "worrying" finding comes with the latest figures of the annual Coastwatch survey of the island of Ireland that concluded in mid October.
Stats collected from volunteers around the coast show that jellyfish have been sighted in more areas and in greater numbers than any other time in the 25-year history of the survey - most likely the result of climate change.
Among them was an "absolutely enormous" specimen more 5 feet in diameter, found on the West coast.
"What this says to us is that our waters are warming," said Coastwatch International co-ordinator Karin Dubsky, who highlighted an explosion in the numbers of small brown jellyfish "which do a lot of damage to wildlife".
The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.