Tuesday, July 16th 2019, 2:02 pm - It's the largest species of jellyfish in British seas
Jellyfish are common in England and typically range in size from 1-40 centimetres. But Lizzie Daly, a BBC wildlife host and biologist, recently came across one that's about 150 times larger than that.
Luckily her underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott was on hand to capture the rare encounter.
The human-sized creature, which is called a "barrel" jellyfish, was spotted near Cornwall.
It's the largest species of jellyfish in British seas, but finding one this large is rare. Daly and Abbott told CBS News they've never seen one that size.
Barrel jellyfish are typically found in warm waters near the coast between May and October and will occasionally wash up on the beach, due to their proximity to the shore.
They do sting, but experts say the prickle is typically harmless to humans. There is an exception, though: People with open wounds or rashes would likely find a close encounter painful.
Barrel jellyfish can still sting when dead, so it's best to avoid contact if you find one on the beach.