Published on July 23rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Bad Sting Bay!
Dozens 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 coastlineÂ 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!
* 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,Â they areÂ 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 horizontallyÂ 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)