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A massive "alien jellyfish" has washed up on a popular beach in Ireland, prompting a warning from beachgoers who have felt its wrath.
The huge lions mane, apparently measuring at least a metre wide, appeared on the shoreline in Skerries, a coastal town in Fingal, Ireland, on Wednesday July 27.
Margaret O'Gorman spotted the impressive specimen and snapped a picture.
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Posting her find on Twitter, she wrote: "Mahoozive jellyfish on the beach in #skerries today.
"That's my foot – to give an indication of the size of this creature."
She added: "What struck me about this creature was how vulnerable it looked on the strand. I didn't find it at all scary.
"I felt sorry for it. But I haven't experienced its sting. For the record I wear size 36 shoes. The jellyfish was at least a metre in diameter."
Whilst Margaret didn't find the sea creature scary, fellow Twitter user Jaime Hyland warned people about its sting after falling victim to it and being left in "excruciating pain".
"I swam into one once. Nowhere near that big," he wrote. "At Sandycove in Dun Laoghaire. It stung me on the shoulder and chest, with a little on the face.
"The pain was excruciating. I was sick for a week and scarred for two or three years. Be careful out there!"
He said the sting consisted of "white marks like small burn scars".
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Another user theorised that the animal wasn't even a jellyfish, writing: "Maybe it's not a jellyfish at all. Maybe an alien sneezed in outer space and his third eyeball flew out of his orb."
The lion's mane jellyfish, also known as the giant jellyfish, arctic red jellyfish, or the hair jelly, is one of the largest known species of jellyfish.
They use stinging tentacles to capture, pull in, and eat prey and have been known to roam around the Irish Sea.
The species can grow to over two metres across and have tentacles more than 30 metres long.
Most healthy people will simply have to wait for the pain to pass after a sting from the tentacles of the lions mane.
However, according to British Sea Fishing, in rare cases further complications such as muscle contractions and cramps, respiratory problems and even heart attacks can be caused by the lion’s mane jellyfish’s sting.
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