Woman captures creature 'smiling' at her on Formby Beach

By Kate Lally

A woman who went for a paddle in the sea at Formby Beach was stunned to see a creature "smiling" at her in the water.

Emma Roberts, from Formby, visited the beach yesterday (Wednesday) to make the most of what could be the last of this year's warm weather.

The mum-of-two told posted a video from her day at the seaside on Instagram, captioned "Wait for it..."

READ MORE: What I wish I'd known before I got in the sea at Formby Beach

Emma told the ECHO : "I was walking through the sea and all the while I was thinking 'I hope there's no jellyfish, I hope there's no jellyfish'.

"And then I look down and see that!"

The video appears to show a jellyfish swimming in the sea near where Emma was standing.

Markings on the creature look like a smiling face.

One woman commented: "Little smiler"

Another said: "Happiest jellyfish in town"

Emma said she was "howling" with laughter when she came across it.

National Trust, which owns Formby Beach and some of the surrounding land, advises people to wear swimming shoes when going into the sea.

A spokesperson told the ECHO : "During the summer months jellyfish can often be spotted in the sea around the UK. At Formby you might spot varieties like the harmless barrel jellyfish, or the compass jellyfish that can give you a painful sting.

"Although most jellyfish found in the UK do not cause serious harm, we advise anyone stung by a jellyfish to seek medical attention.

"You can avoid jellyfish stings by staying alert for the sight of them in the water, as well as on the beach. We also recommend swimming shoes for anyone taking a dip in the sea."

What should you do if you are stung?

NHS advice says to:

  • rinse the affected area with seawater (not fresh water)
  • remove any spines from the skin using tweezers or the edge of a bank card
  • soak the area in very warm water (as hot as can be tolerated) for at least 30 minutes – use hot flannels or towels if you cannot soak it
  • take painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen

You may also need medical assistance. If you are concerned, contact NHS 111.

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