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Giant ‘contracting’ being spotted on the beach stuns family: ‘It’s alive’

A family in New Zealand encountered a huge jelly-like blob plopped on a beach in the early Monday morning.

(Credit: Adam Dickinson)

Adam Dickinson told his children to steer clear of a huge jelly-like blob they stumbled on a New zealand beach early Monday. The family surrounded the creature, which seemed to move.

It was in contrast to what Dickinson had ever seen.

“My first thought was: let me not children hit as they went running to look,” Dickinson, who lives in Stanmore Bay, recalled to Fox News.

The large creature washed up on Pakiri Beach about 55 km north of Auckland.

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Dickinson’s children in comparison with the pink creature to a “volcano.”

“It is pretty incredible and really hard to describe,” Dickinson said Yahoo7. “It almost looked like a load of muscles to contract.”

It was clear, the creature, which Dickinson later discovered was a lion’s mane jellyfish — the largest species of jellyfish in the world — was not dead.

The New Zealand family soon discovered the creature was a lion’s mane jellyfish, the largest species of jellyfish in existence.

(Credit: Adam Dickinson)

“He lives,” Dickinson ‘ s son, confirmed.

The family stared at the jellyfish, and sure enough, it was moving.

“It was great to see. Also the other jellyfish we found on the beach and we turned them upside down to see if it would look like this, and none of them did,” Dickinson told the news station. “This was certainly different. We have never seen anything like it. It was pretty cool.”

A lion’s mane jellyfish, also known as the “giant jellyfish,” can grow as large as a blue whale. The tentacles can reach 190 meters long and have a clock with a diameter of up to 7 metres wide, according to Oceana, an international conservation organization.

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The majority of the lion’s mane jellyfish live in the arctic ocean and the pacific Ocean, where the water tends to be cooler.

“The ‘mane’ of long, hair-like tentacles hang from the bottom of the bell-shaped body, is the inspiration behind the lion mane is the common name,” Oceana, explains in a blog post. “The mouth is located on the bell of the bottom, surrounded by tentacles which are divided into eight groups of up to 150 tentacles each.”

This type of jellyfish usually feed on plankton, small fish and other small organisms. The lion’s mane jellyfish packs a powerful sting, usually with the help of the poisonous tentacles are prey to paralyze.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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