A JELLYFISH the size of a dustbin has been found washed up on the Hampshire coastline.

The huge beast which was later identified as a barrel jellyfish was discovered by a man fishing with his family at one of the county's beaches.

It comes a month after another giant barrel jellyfish was found in Dorset, and others were found on various beaches on the south coast.

This latest jellyfish was spotted at Eastney beach in Portsmouth.

Richard Harrington, of the Marine Conservation Society, said: “This predicted hot weather to come could mean even more jellyfish are likely to wash up or be in the seas.

“Although this species is harmless their numbers are likely to grow quickly as sea temperatures rise.”