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BARREL JELLYFISH

Gentle giants the size of dustbin lids.

A few years ago a photo of swimmer Jane Lloyd with a jellyfish spread went viral on the internet. That jellyfish was a whopper – living up to its name of dustbin lid jellyfish or barrel jellyfish (Rhizostoma pulmo). They can have domes that are just shy of 1m wide, and they can weigh up to 35kg. Perhaps what was most captivating about the photo is not the size of the jellyfish but the clear delight on Jane’s face when fear of jellyfish is common enough to have a name – cnidarophobia. If you are one of those swimmers who is horrified by jellyfish, barrel jellyfish might be the ones to help you.

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Journeys can take many forms. This issue adventurer Alastair Humphreys tells how his account of busking across Spain became a personal memoir of a life lived adventurously; 'Urban Mermaid' Lindsey Cole recounts her tale of dipping to Scotland, meeting swimmers via social media as she cycled the length of the country; and travel writer Patrick Scott tells of a sacred swim in the river Ganges. If you have long distance challenges planned this summer our regular Olympian contributor, Cassie Patten, gives you top tips on how to recover from a 10km swim. Guest coach Keri-anne Payne continues her series on correct technique, this month looking at body position and rotation. And we have outdoor training session ideas to help you swim in a pack and advice to help you overcome any fears you have of the open water. As always we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.