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World's Largest Jellyfish Arrives At Scarborough Sealife Centre

Lion's Mane Jellyfish

Scarborough Sea Life Centre has taken delivery of the beautiful, but dangerous, Lion's Mane Jellyfish.

The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest known species of jellyfish and is the centres most stunning - and stinging - of creatures with tentacles that can grow up to three metres long each covered with stinging cells.

Displays Curator Lyndsey Crawford said:
"We are thrilled to have the Lion's Mane Jellyfish here at the centre. Visitors will now be able to view one of the most magnificent Jellyfish in the world in a completely safe environment. The animal care team have been provided with safety briefs in looking after these creatures as they can pack an almighty sting."

"Lion's Mane Jellyfish are distinctive in both their size and magnificent red colouring, but although they may look attractive, they should certainly be avoided at all costs. They have a very severe sting that can produce blisters, irritation and muscular cramps and in more serious cases they have been known to affect respiratory and heart function."

Though they rarely wash up on our shores, the Lions Mane Jellyfish is actually quite common off north, east and west coasts of Britain creating a hazard for those choosing to dive off-shore.

The centres new deliveries are still in their infancy, measuring approximately 30 centimetres in diameter. Fully grown specimens are capable of attaining a body diameter of over 2 metres with tentacles growing as long as 30 meters or more.

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