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Published on July 23rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Bad Sting Bay!

Flee the Beaches! ‘Bad Wolf Bay’ has been invaded by an army of Moon Jellyfish!

Jellydish on Bad Wolf BayDozens of the tentacled menace’s have washed up on Newton Beach, near Porthcawl, Bridgend, the location used many times by the Doctor Who production teams. Between April and September Moon Jellyfish can usually be seen in estuaries and bays where they congregate to breed.

The stingers were discovered by James Palmer who was walking his dog on the beach. Shortly before being consumed and replaced by a pod person he said;

“”They look straight like they’re out of science fiction; moon beings sent to earth!”

Bridgend Council have warned members of the public not to touch the Jellyfish with their bare hands and to be wary of exposed skin near the creatures.

A spokesman said:

“Moon jellyfish can deliver a mild sting although they are not particularly venomous.”

The stretch of coastline from Porthcawl to Southerndown has been used as both Bad Wolf Bay in Doomsday and Journeys End and as the Weeping Angels home-world Alfava Metraxis in Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone.

Here are five interesting facts about Moon Jellyfish!

David Tennant and Billie Piper as the Doctor and Rose in Doomsday* Moon Jellyfish are part of a group of more than ten morphologically near identical Jellyfish species in the genus Aurelia.

* Adult Moon Jellyfish are easily recognisable by the four horseshoe-shaped reproductive organs which are visible through the top of the bell.

* They use their tentacles to paralyse prey; they are only slightly venomous to humans, usually causing mild pain and a burning sensation. Although they often cause alarm to holidaymakers, they are quite harmless as their sting cannot penetrate human skin.

* Aurelia swim by pulsations of the bell-shaped upper part of the animal. Swimming mostly functions to keep the animal near the surface of the water rather than progresion through the water. They swim horizontally allowing their tentacles to be spread over the largest possible area, in order to better catch food.

* The Moon Jellyfish is carnivorous and feeds on Zooplankton.

(via BBC News)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




2 Responses to Bad Sting Bay!

  1. avatar Laz says:

    Well, “Bad Wolf Bay” is actually a couple of miles south… it’s Southerndown Beach. :-)


  2. This. Is. Awesome!!!

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