A giant barrel jellyfish was spotted by two divers off the coast of Cornwall, England, recently.
Two divers were in for a surprise after they spotted a giant barrel jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall, England, recently.
Lizzie Daly, a biologist along with Dan Abbott, an underwater camera operator, were diving in Falmouth as part of a project and chanced upon the creature.
“The jellyfish wasn’t dangerous but a majestic creature instead,” the divers said.
"I've never seen one that big. We had seen a few smaller jellyfish at a beautiful reef nearby, and then out of the murk came this huge, beautiful jelly fish.
You just take a double look and ask yourself if it's actually a metre and a half long," Lizzie Daly said, as per a report in The Guardian.
Describing the jellyfish as a ‘gentle giant’, Lizzie added that it was "such a serene, grounding experience" swimming alongside it.
Lizzie and Dan swam for about an hour with the giant jellyfish beside them, following which it swam away.
"It has got a very mild sting and poses no threat to humans - some people don't even feel it. Many people would be immediately worried, but it is not dangerous. It's a majestic creature," she added.
Very less information about the lifestyle of the barrel jellyfish is available as per Dr Michele Kiernan from the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth.
"As we've had a long spell of no rain in the south-west, people can see them more easily because of the clarity in the water," she said.
Dr Kiernan also added that barrel jellyfish are the favourite prey of leatherback turtles but are also eaten by other animals.