Thursday, 15 July 2010

"They're deadly. There are billions of them. And they're heading our way.."

I noted down the above headline from last year but sadly I can't find which paper it appeared in. It had to do with a species of jellyfish which was thought to be heading into British coastal waters on the back of rising ocean temperatures. I can't even remember the species, I just liked the headline.

It put me in mind of this specimen, which Lynn filmed from the jetty in front of the cabin. It's a Lion's Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata), which is hardly deadly but can still deliver a nasty sting. It starred in the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Lion's Mane, in which a professor dies after being stung - though it turns out that he was susceptible, due to a heart condition, and in fact another character later survives an attack.

The Lion's Mane's claim to fame is that it is the world's longest recorded animal - a specimen which washed ashore in Massachusetts Bay in 1870 measured 120ft, beating the runner-up, the Blue Whale, by several feet.

Anyway, here it is (Lynn's reflection can be seen at the very end, teetering on the edge of the jetty. One false move, as they say..):-

Talking of notable headlines, the presbyterian church on Newtownards Road, near Stormont, does a nice line in humorous posters, and I'm always tickled to see what they're going to come up with next. During the horse-trading immediately after the recent general election, they had this:-


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