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3:33pm 31st July 2013

The number of jellyfish spotted off the Cornish coast - jumps.

A rise in mild stingers like Blues, Compass and Moons is being blamed on the warmer weather.

The Marine Conservation Society has also recorded a deadly Portuguese Man of War.

RNLI lifeguard James Uren told Pirate FM: "Quite a lot of kids put them on their bodyboards or catch them in buckets and nets and things. We wouldn't recommend people actively going to trying to catch them; especially if they are living they need to be left in their natural environment in the water. Try and avoid them if you can because they will give you a mild sting.

"If you do get stung try and identify what jellyfish you were stung by so try and get a quick description in your head of what stung you and then go to the lifeguards who will be able to give you appropriate treatment. For those three common jellyfish it would be a cold compress with sea water."

Spokesman from the MCS Richard Harrington says they tell us when sea temperatures change: "In some parts of the Mediterranean and in overseas places we've noticed that there are more jellyfish of certain kinds that may be responding to either climate change or perhaps when fishing has removed large predators.

"We may well see trends over coming years if we can get lots of reports from people who come across them; when you see them and also when you don't. Then we can track whether these jellyfish are here, how many of them there are what sort of conditions they thrive in and it will help us to know more in the future."

3:33pm 31st July 2013

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