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Further sightings of stranded giant jellyfish have been reported and experts believe it could be caused by the wet winter period.<br />
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More than 30 of the barrel jellyfish have now been spotted in shallow water and washed up on beaches in Portland, Dorset.<br />
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They are thought to be in the area due to a 'plankton bloom' caused by warm weather and an abundance of nutrients in the water.<br />
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The creatures, that measure up to 3.2ft in diameter, are then thought to be washed up on the shore by the wind and left there as the tide goes out.<br />
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Steve Trewhella, 50, a wildlife photographer, stumbled upon one of the enormous animals as it floundered in the shallows.<br />
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He put on a dry suit and encased his camera in underwater equipment before capturing its last moments in photographs and film footage.