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Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. For over thirty years MCS has been the voice for our seas.

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Registered charity no. 1004005

Member since December 2019

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How well do you know your sea turtles?

How well do you know your sea turtles?

To help launch our new project called Sustaining Turtles, Environment, Economy and Livelihoods – or STEEL – we invite you to take our quick turtle quiz to find out what you know about sea turtles in the Virgin Islands.

Take the quiz here. 

To understand more about how we're adapting our turtle conservation to Covid-19 in the British Virgin Islands visit our blog.

Image: Green turtle credit MCS / Peter Richardson

World Jellyfish Day

World Jellyfish Day

Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle© Paul NaylorShow copyright information

Yesterday marks World Jellyfish Day, and we’re not ones to turn down an opportunity to talk about jellies! We’ve rounded up some of the jellyfish you’re most likely to spot on the UK coastline and share how you can get involved in our Jellyfish Survey.

To date, thousands of people have shared sightings of jellyfish from around the UK, helping to build an extensive data set of six jellyfish and two jellyfish-like hydrozoan species. Understanding trends in jellyfish distribution and numbers can help us understand where leatherback turtle feeding grounds might be, as well as potentially indicating the impacts of climate change on our ocean. Most adult jellyfish have died off in the UK autumn months, but some species, including the Portuguese Man ‘o War are still around – so watch out when you are on the beach this month….

Dr Peter Richardson, Head of Ocean Recovery: “Through our online jellyfish survey, we’ve been receiving reports of Portuguese Man of War on beaches in south Wales in September. Through October we’ve continued to receive reports of them appearing on beaches in Devon and Cornwall, with mass strandings in Cornwall this weekend. The weather will be blowing them in from the Atlantic as part of another major Portuguese Man of War stranding event - the last one was in similar conditions in 2017 and they seem to be getting more frequent since we started our survey in 2003.”

“We urge beachgoers not to touch them…they pack a very powerful sting! But, please do report them on our website so we can better understand the extent of this stranding event.”

For more information on the most commonly spotted jellyfish around the UK, please consult our Jellyfish ID Guide. To report a jellyfish sighting, follow this link.

This story first appeared on the MCS website on 2 Nov 2020 please click here to visit.