A biologist diving off the English coast over the weekend had a stunning and rare encounter with a jellyfish so large, it was easily the size of a grown man.
Researcher and broadcaster Lizzie Daly described the encounter as “breathtaking,” according to CNN.
“What an unforgettable experience,” said Daly, who was diving as part of her Wild Ocean Week campaign to raise awareness and money for the United Kingdom’s Marine Conservation Society.
Woah!!!!! We went diving in Falmouth yesterday to finish off #WildOceanWeek and came across this GIANT barrel jellyfish! 😱 What a way to finish off this marine wildlife adventure! 💙 pic.twitter.com/NNwDelfWyV— Lizzie Daly (@LizzieRDaly) July 14, 2019
“I know barrel jellyfish get really big in size but I have never seen anything like it before!” she said.
She was diving off the coast of Falmouth, where she and her diving partner spotted the massive jellyfish.
“It really humbles you to be alongside an animal that size,” Daly told Vice News. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget.”
Barrel jellyfish inhabit the British seas and are the largest species of jellyfish in U.K. waters, CNN reported.
They can grow larger than three feet and weigh more than 55 pounds.
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