A compass jelly fish, which washed up on the Isle of Wight this week. Picture courtesy of Emma Guy.
THIS big-as-a-dinner-plate jellyfish washed ashore on the Isle of Wight should not be touched, experts warned this week.
The warning to walkers and pet owners followed the discovery of one of the jellyfish on the beach at Appley by Emma Guy.
"I took a picture of it with my size 4 foot next to it — to show the scale," said Emma.
The Isle of Wight County Press sent her picture to Fort Victoria Marine Aquarium, near Yarmouth, where joint proprietor Nick Blake identified it: "This is a Compass jellyfish, a type not uncommon off, and on, our shores when they are washed up.
"The past five or six years have seen an increase in populations of jellyfish of all kinds.
"Even when dead, the Compass jellyfish can give a nasty, painful, sting and should obviously not be touched."