Jellyfish up to a metre in diameter seen at beach on Auckland's North Shore

A small dog investigates the giant jellyfish.
Lucy O'Keefe

A small dog investigates the giant jellyfish.

A giant jellyfish has washed up on the shores of an Auckland beach. 

The creature, about a metre in diameter, was spotted by residents walking on the beach at Devonport, near the wharf.

Sue O'Callaghan said: "It was so huge, I've not seen one that big before". 

A huge jellyfish washed up on the beach at Devonport this morning next to the wharf.
Lucy O'Keefe

A huge jellyfish washed up on the beach at Devonport this morning next to the wharf.

Around this time last year there was an influx of jellyfish washed up on east coast beaches including a large one in Orewa.

Users of Facebook group Devonport Locals, reported multiple sightings at beaches in the area.

Thought to be a lion's mane jellyfish, they are not poisonous but can sting causing minor welts.

The jellyfish looks worse for wear.
Lucy O'Keefe

The jellyfish looks worse for wear.

At the time NIWA marine ecologist Mike Page told Stuff they weren't a health risk but "small children should certainly stay away".

Common to the Pacific Ocean, the jellyfish are moved by currents and wind.

NIWA's "jellyfish expert" Dennis Gordon has been contacted for comment.

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