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Seaside visitors have recently been shocked to find giant barrel jellyfish – some the size of dustbin lids – washing up on the south coast. One Dorset resident has already spotted more than 30 of the marine animals in his local area. Scientists claim the recent winter’s wet weather has caused the unusual occurrence of huge jellyfish around UK shores. With a number of coastal rivers in the South-West having burst their banks, high levels of nutrients washed into the sea during Britain’s deluge. As a result the plankton, which jellyfish feed on, is so rich at the moment because of the amount of nutrients in the sea. After being lured here from their usual warmer feeding ares in the Mediterranean, the jellyfish, which measure over 3ft in diameter, are being left stranded on the shore by south westerly winds and strong tides. More