Is it jellyfish season?

by Sue Tyler on February 25, 2014

I just spotted 2 pinky frilled jellyfish in worser bay.


I didn’t hang round to take photos but more may wash in with then high tide and there may be more around the south coast it’s often this time of year we get a swarm for a few days. They looked a little like this (taken by Liz Ritchie and sourced from one washed up on the South Coast in 2011.


so if you your kids or dogs plan to go swimming today check the water first, Having experienced stings first hand in the past, it is way better to be cautious than to just leap in.  Also if it’s low tide, don’t touch them with your bare hands or let your pet try to eat them, that would be seriously ouchy

Here’s what the ministry of health has to say about jellyfish stings –


Have you spotted any jellyfish around the beaches this summer?

Paula February 25, 2014 at 4:43 pm

While caution is sensible, jellyfish are wonderful, elegant creatures that should be treasured and enjoyed.

I walked the railway line edge from Paremata to Porirua on Sunday (looking at restoration needs with KiwiRail), and saw a number washed up there. Including a gorgeous thing that looked a bit like a large eye – a clear centre, edged by a narrow red band, and then black striped outer circle – and another species that looked rather more like a lamb afterbirth in its dead state. The numbers weren’t great, and what seemed unusual was the range of types – normally there are lots of the same species.

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