Friday, 18 June 2021

Over a barrel

 

It's been a beautiful day today so we drove along the coast to give Tilly some time on the beach.  It's a dog-friendly beach and again we practically had the sand all to ourselves. Well not exactly as we had to watch where we were stepping as the beach was littered with washed up jellyfish.

 

Going down to the waters edge we came upon this monster and I've since discovered it is called a barrel jellyfish otherwise known as a bin-lid jellyfish. I did read that their sting is not normally harmful to humans but can cause dogs a nasty injury even when they’re dead.

 

We came away unscathed and walking back to the car Tilly proved she is fearless and enjoys walking along the wall. She's doing well with the new head collar and is a happy little pup.



18 comments:

  1. I've never seen a jellyfish that big before. It's been a bit cooler here today and it's just started raining. I'm glad the new head collar is working, I have no experience at all with them but I often see dogs wearing them so they must do what they're supposed to.

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    1. It was a big jellyfish but looking online I see they can be much bigger but more worrying is that they can be harmful to dogs. I keep Tilly on her lead so she’s not in any danger and the new head collar is working so we have much more pleasant walk now.

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  2. I'm glad the new head collar is working and that the walks are more enjoyable as a result.

    The jellyfish looks huge!

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    1. Hopefully when Tilly gets used to walking without pulling we can go back to using her harness. The jellyfish was huge bigger than it looks in the photo :)

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  3. Those jellyfish look revolting, especially that big one - yuck! I'm glad the new head collar seems to be working and I love the photo of Tilly on the wall, she looks so cute :)

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    1. There were lots of jellyfish on the beach but that big one was something else! It's only a low wall but she jumped up to walk on it herself.

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  4. Ah, a walk along the beach...........sigh! Looks like jellyfish like the northern hemisphere too, as we see many when we are out on the beaches and bays and yes, some seem to be monstrous. Enjoy your whilst you can. Take care & hugs.

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    1. I really enjoy walking on the beach. This one is very flat and sandy but in other places along the coast some are very stony put down deliberately as sea defences and believe it or not those are the ones with summertime dog restrictions in place. The warm weather has brought the jellyfish with it, so many washed up and that big one looked horrible.

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  5. I don't like jellyfish. They are the one thing that put me off swimming in the sea.
    I'm glad the collar seems to be working. X

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    1. Jellyfish are horrible looking things and knowing that they can sting makes them even worse. We're happy we've found something that works to stop Tilly from pulling.

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  6. oh I love beach walks, and what a whopper of a jellyfish !

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    1. Beach walks are so enjoyable and even better when you have it almost all to yourself. The jellyfish was a whopper.

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  7. From Ann via Bloglovin'
    We get those jelly fish here too, although at the moment they seem to have headed past us. Glad Tilly is doing well with her new head collar, again she is soooo cute 😍

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    1. There was such a lot of the flat jellyfish but I've never seen one of those big barrel ones before. The head collar has made such a difference and she didn't mind me putting it on her yesterday, I don't know why I was so reluctant to use one but now I'm glad I've got it.

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  8. So glad to see Tilly is doing well with the new headcollar.

    I always feel sorry for the jellyfish which get stranded but those barrel ones look like they could deliver quite a nasty sting.

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    1. It’s a relief for me that this headcollar has stopped her from pulling and our walks are enjoyable now. It’s a good job Tilly is kept on lead on the beach otherwise she would have been over to that barrel jellyfish like a shot.

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  9. I'd love to see those jellyfish up close. They have such interesting shapes and colours inside them. I've never seen one of thos huge barrel jellies, but this is what the internet says: These large jellyfish swarm in warmer coastal waters in late spring and often wash up on beaches in May or June, sometimes in their hundreds. Their favourite meal is plankton, which can be found in shallow waters. This is what often causes them to wash up, as they underestimate their size. They have eight frilly arms, which contain their small stinging tentacles and surround hundreds of little mouths! The sting of the barrel jellyfish is not normally harmful to humans, though if you find one on the beach it's best not to handle it as they can still sting when dead. Barrel jellyfish are the favourite food of leatherback turtles, the world's largest sea turtle.

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    1. Jellyfish are interesting to look at but you do have to be wary of them as they do sting. I've never seen one of those barrel jellyfish before and I wondered what it was until I got up close.

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