Jellyfish spotted off Lancing in national survey

A JELLYFISH sighting at Lancing has been included in a new report by the Marine Conservation Society and the University of Exeter.

The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK and has been attracting a growing number of jellyfish sightings, with 2013 proving a record with 1,133 reports received.

This year is turning out to be a good one for jellyfish, with over 500 reports received by July, including one by Roy Bond off Lancing beach in April.

“Our survey puts jellyfish on the map in the UK,” said Dr Peter Richardson, biodiversity programme manager for the MCS.

“In this latest paper we show where and when these species now occur throughout UK coastal waters.

“The last time the national picture was described was well over four decades ago, so this study provides a very timely update.”

Prof Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter said: “By taking stock of our jellyfish in this way, we provide an important baseline of information which will help us understand how jellyfish species react to environmental changes that influence our coastal seas, including climate change.”