It's called the compass jellyfish ... so why did it get lost in Cornish waters?

It is called a compass jellyfish - but it seems this spectacular creature could do with a more sophisticated form of navigation.

The jellyfish, which can inflict a nasty sting, was found drifting off course in shallow water at Towan Beach, in Newquay, Cornwall.

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Compass jellyfish: Usually found in deep sea waters

Usually, compass jellyfish are seen only in deeper waters and after it was spotted a lifeguard plucked it from the sea to protect swimmers.

The 10in creature is now recovering at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium. Because of the depth at which they live, it is very rare for a live compass jellyfish to be put on display.

The jellyfish get their name from the V-shaped markings and dark circle on their bells, which resemble an old-fashioned sea compass rose.

Its four frilly mouth tentacles hang from the centre of the body and can trail up to 4ft in length.

Although not popular with bathers, increasing numbers of the jellyfish in British waters could be good news for the endangered leatherback turtle, which preys on them.

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