Father-of-three snaps his five-year-old daughter next to giant 6ft lion's mane jellyfish washed up on Welsh beachDom Faux, 42, and dau
Father-of-three snaps his five-year-old daughter next to giant 6ft lion’s mane jellyfish washed up on Welsh beach
- Dom Faux, 42, and daughter Eryn went for a walk on Colwyn Bay Beach, Wales
- They came across a huge stranded lion’s mane jellyfish measuring six feet across
A dad has captured an unnerving photo of his five-year-old daughter dwarfed by a giant 6ft ‘sea demon’ jellyfish that washed up on a Welsh beach.
Dad-of-three Dom Faux, 42, and Eryn Faux were having a father-daughter day at Colwyn Bay Beach in North Wales on Sunday when they spotted the huge lion’s mane jellyfish.
The whopping crimson sea creature, which electrician Dom said measured about 6ft across, was stranded in the sand waiting for the tide to come in and wash it back out to sea.
Dad-of-three Dom Faux, 42, and Eryn Faux were having a father-daughter day at Colwyn Bay Beach in North Wales on Sunday when they spotted the huge lion’s mane jellyfish
Careful not to let Eryn too close due to its powerful sting, Dom quickly snapped a shot of her posing next to the stunning animal for scale.
Dom, of Llanddulas, Conwy, said: ‘I have never seen a jellyfish that big before, it was really quite amazing.
‘We were just walking down towards the sea line and there was a big shadow. As we got closer, I just couldn’t believe the size of it.
Dom, of Llanddulas, Conwy, said: ‘I have never seen a jellyfish that big before, it was really quite amazing’
‘If you go out on the pier, you can see the lion’s mane jellyfish in the water but I’ve never seen one up close like that. I was really surprised.
‘Eryn didn’t know what it was at first so I explained and she was really happy to get to have her photo taken with it.
‘Everyone who’s seen the photo has been stunned by it, my wife couldn’t believe it.
‘It’s going to be such a cool photo for Eryn to have when she’s older.’
Lion’s mane jellyfish – named for their showy, trailing tentacles – are one of the largest known species of jellyfish (stock photo)
Lion’s mane jellyfish – named for their showy, trailing tentacles – are one of the largest known species of jellyfish.
The biggest ever specimen was recorded off the coast of Massachusetts in 1865 with a bell diameter of 7ft and tentacles around 120ft long.
These giants of the ocean are commonly spotted along the UK coast during the summer months.
After sharing the snap on social media, Dom has been flooded with comments from people blown away by the creature’s sheer size.
And many social media users have made funny comments comparing the jellyfish to demonic and otherworldly entities.
Gareth Walsh said: ‘Either someone’s been sick or summoned a sea demon.’
James Moran commented: ‘Looks like a wormhole to another dimension.’
Other terrified commenters said they will not be swimming in the sea again after seeing this ‘huge beast’.
Alison Savory said: ‘Never going in the water again.’
And Alyson Kerr added: ‘Another reason not to swim in the sea. Good find.’
The Lion’s Mane: Nature’s Biggest
The lion’s mane jellyfish is one of the largest jelly species in the world, measuring up to seven feet in diameter with tentacles stretching up to 120ft long.
Most lion’s mane jellyfish live in the Arctic and North Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Washington where the waters are cool.
Its ‘mane’ of long, hair-like tentacles hanging from the underside of its bell-shaped body is the inspiration behind the lion mane’s common name.
The jellyfish also possesses a powerful sting in its tentacles that contain a poison that stuns prey when they are enveloped.
Humans have little to fear from the lion’s mane, but its poison is more than enough to scare away enemies, thus creating a safe space for both the jelly and other species that are lucky enough to be immune to the toxin.
Scientific research has suggested that jellyfish actually thrive in areas that are affected by human activity. Overfishing, climate change and pollution have helped promote more frequent jellyfish swarms while reducing the jellies’ main predators and competitors and increasing their prey.