Join jellyfish survey at the beach

SURVEY CALL ... a barrel jellyfish.

SURVEY CALL ... a barrel jellyfish.

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BEACH users in South Tyneside are being urged to keep their eyes out for jellyfish this summer.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is asking residents to take part in a national survey as barrel, moon, compass, blue and lion’s-mane jellyfish swarm in the UK seas.

The MCS said jellyfish are on the increase around the UK and as the seas continue to warm up over the summer, more are expected.

Peter Richardson, from the MCS, said: “The jellyfish survey is an excellent way for people to get involved in finding out more about our threatened seas.

“There is strong evidence that jellyfish numbers are increasing around the world, including UK seas, and these increases have been linked to factors such as pollution, over-fishing and possibly climate change.”

To take part in the survey, download a full-colour photo ID guide to jellyfish species from www.mcsuk.org