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)
By Ariel Scotti / July 15, 2019 4:19 pm

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.

Day 7 WILD OCEAN WEEK 💙 | GIANT Barrel Jellyfish

Diving with a giant barrel jellyfish in Cornwall to celebrate the end of #WildOceanWeek 💙Massive throw to Sharkman Dan for the wonderful footage Spend 2 minutes of the end of WILD OCEAN WEEK watching this beautiful moment where I come face to face with a barrel jellyfish THE SAME SIZE AS ME while diving off of the coast of Falmouth 💙So excited that I actually say 'Barrel Fish' instead of Barrel Jellyfish ha!!!What an INCREDIBLE experience – both Dan and I have never seen anything like it. I couldn't think of a better way to finish the week in celebrating our incredible oceans.For anybody who is in Cornwall do come on down to Maenporth tomorrow at 12pm for a beach clean. There should be a good crowd of us rounded up now so it will be fun – and it will be followed by a small talk about the trip! See you THEN xMarine Conservation Society Cornish Diving CentreThe Wildlife Trusts @Cornwall Wildlife Trust Falmouth Cornwall UK

Posted by Lizzie Daly Wildlife on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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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