A FISHERMAN has revealed his shock after coming across a swarm of jellyfish in his boat.

Wayne Turner, an electrical engineer from Ulverston, said he was ‘absolutely amazed’ when he stumbled across a group of Moon Jellyfish while on his weekly fishing trip.

The 58-year-old was sailing round Roa Island in the Walney Channel when he spotted a sheet of colour in the water.

He said: “It was just a normal fishing trip with my partner looking for mackerel and cod when we spotted a red haze on the surface of the water.

“We had seen lots of jellyfish out all day but they had been blue.

“We were going to turn back but decided to take a look and drive slowly up to it.”

Mr Turner said he had ‘never encountered anything like this before.’

He said: “I’ve been fishing for many years and never seen anything quite like this before.

“I’ve seen that type of jellyfish before but never in that mass.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I was just absolutely amazed, it was extraordinary to see.”

Mr Turner and his co-fisherman had come across a swarm of Moon Jellyfish.

The Moon Jellyfish is the most common jellyfish in the UK, often washing up on coastal beaches.

Around the size of a plate, the moon jelly is most recognisable by its four circles visible through the translucent white bell.

Despite being a stinging breed, the species is not considered dangerous by scientists.

As a well-practised fisherman, Mr Turner knew the jellyfish were non-harmful.

He said: “I had previously been stung by a Lion’s mane jellyfish so knew the difference between the harmful and non-harmful types.”

Mr Turner said the encounter was a ‘fantastic end’ to the day.

“It was a nice end to a fantastic day which was made even better,” he said.

“I was lucky enough to see such a beautiful sight on my fishing trip.”