News & Opinion | July 15, 2019 4:19 pm

See This Rare Jellyfish the Size of a Human

"It's an experience we'll never forget"

Barrel jellyfish
A giant barrel jellyfish presented itself to divers over the weekend. (Getty)
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We’re gonna need a bigger camera.

That was the general consensus across social media after a pair of divers shared their video of a human-sized jellyfish that they happened to cross paths with over the weekend.

Underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott and wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly discovered the rare, enormous barrel jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall in the U.K., Vice reported, and quickly shared their film with the world. The duo was out in the water for Wild Ocean Week, a project Daly started to inspire people to give to the Marine Conservation Society.

It “appeared out of the murky water,” Daly told Motherboard before adding that it was the biggest he’d ever seen. “It really humbles you to be alongside an animal that size,” Daly said. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget.”

This particular type of jelly is the largest of its kind,, and is also known as a dustbin-lid jellyfish, according to Vice. It’s known in part by it’s eight, long, ghostly tentacles with frilly accents along its stingers.

“This is the one that has inspired the most people,” Daly said of the giant jelly. “The goal was connecting people to nature, and the barrel jellyfish did that for sure.”

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