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If you're stung by a jellyfish this weekend, do NOT wee on it

A common myth, apparently.

There was no need for Joey to do what he did.
There was no need for Joey to do what he did.

THOSE HEADING FOR the beach over the weekend are being told to watch out for jellyfish.

The first Portuguese Man of War of the Irish summer has been spotted over Barleycove just this week and lion’s mane jellyfish have been reported around the coast.

The warning comes as the UK’s Marine Conservation Society warned that the seas of Wales and south England were seeing record numbers of barrel jellyfish.

John Leech of Irish Water Safety (IWS) told that jellyfish have been spotted around the country and people need to be careful.

IWS has a set of guidelines for treating a sting, which includes the advice not to wee on it, contrary to what Friends taught us.

In total, there are nine types of jellyfish that visit Irish shores and IWS has a guide for letting you know which ones will sting and which can really sting.

Leech says that the group is particularly concerned about next weekend, when a supermoon brings spring tides. The tides will mean there is a risk to the public of being stung by weever fish.

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