You never know what you may find if you take a walk along Tywyn’s sunset beach. Back in February the storms that lashed Wales revealed a 6,000 year old ancient forest. When we took a beach walk last weekend (22nd June) we came across this monster. Fortunately, as the tide was coming in at the time, I believe it managed to get away as we did not spot it on our walk back.
The creature was huge, at least 3-feet across, and still very much alive. Considered harmless to humans, I am still not sure if I would like to come across one whilst swimming, especially as they can weigh-in at 20kg with their tentacles dangling by as much as 6-feet.
Barrel jellyfish tend to occupy deeper waters but the mild winter may have boosted populations of plankton on which the animals feed and tempted a jellyfish swarm closer to land. The sea foam swept-up on to the beach in February provides evidence of the fertility of the waters of Cardigan Bay.