A number of parents have been expressing their outrage by scowling at a local newspaper photographer after it emerged that anything between 12 and ‘thousands’ of potentially lethal jellyfish have been spotted in the new seafront lagoon in Southend.
According to eyewitness reports from amateur marine biologists, jellyfish (many looking absolutely nothing like our photo above) have been congregating in the area – some of these have been found inches from children who have been enjoying a dip.
OUTRAGED mother of 17 Sharon Garon told Southend News Network that the situation is ‘a disgrace.’
She said: ‘How could these jellyfish end up in a secluded lagoon area. The tide comes in and the lagoon fills up, and then the tide goes out and the water remains behind in the enclosed rocky area. How could it happen? It defies physics.’
‘When you take your children to enjoy the seaside, you don’t expect to have to keep an eye on them as well. Where are the council while all of this is going on?’
‘I don’t pay my council tax to then be forced to jump into the lagoon all ‘Baywatch’ style when my kids are being attacked by potentially lethal jellyfish.’
A spokesperson for Southend Borough Council confirmed that an application has already been made to the High Court for a Statutory Dispersal Order.
He added: ‘Once the SDO comes into effect, any jellyfish within the lagoon area will be committing a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison and a hefty fine.’
‘We are sending out a clear message that Southend is a safe destination for all the family.’