This weekend, two divers captured on camera a jellyfish as large as a person.
Just off the UK’s Cornwall coast, two divers ran into a giant barrel jellyfish that was as large as they were.
Underwater filmmaker Dan Abbott caught on camera the jellyfish, swimming alongside wildlife biologist and presenter Lizzie Daly.
The jellyfish just “appeared out of the murky water,” said Daly, larger than any other jellyfish they’d ever seen. For about an hour they swam with it, Daly informed Motherboard.
“It really humbles you to be alongside an animal that size,” Daly said. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget.”
The barrel jellyfish is the biggest jellyfish living off the UK’s coast. They have 8 frilly arms with stinging tentacles, also called the dustbin-lid jellyfish. Swimming with them is uncommon for animals, and most individuals find them only when they wash ashore.
Diving with a giant barrel jellyfish in Cornwall to celebrate the end of #WildOceanWeek 💙Massive throw to Sharkman Dan for the wonderful footage Spend 2 minutes of the end of WILD OCEAN WEEK watching this beautiful moment where I come face to face with a barrel jellyfish THE SAME SIZE AS ME while diving off of the coast of Falmouth 💙So excited that I actually say 'Barrel Fish' instead of Barrel Jellyfish ha!!!What an INCREDIBLE experience – both Dan and I have never seen anything like it. I couldn't think of a better way to finish the week in celebrating our incredible oceans.For anybody who is in Cornwall do come on down to Maenporth tomorrow at 12pm for a beach clean. There should be a good crowd of us rounded up now so it will be fun – and it will be followed by a small talk about the trip! See you THEN xMarine Conservation Society Cornish Diving CentreThe Wildlife Trusts @Cornwall Wildlife Trust Falmouth Cornwall UK
Posted by Lizzie Daly Wildlife on Saturday, July 13, 2019
Abbott and Daly encountered the jellyfish on the last day of Wild Ocean Week, which Daly started to inspire others and raise money for the Marine Conservation Society in the UK. Daly said the goal of the week was to show people the wildlife living nearby. The giant jellyfish was a highlight, she said, both personally and in trying to achieve those conservation goals.
“This is the one that has inspired the most people,” Daly said. “The goal was connecting people to nature, and the barrel jellyfish did that for sure.”