Giant jellyfish washes ashore

Giant jellyfish washes ashore

KAYAK POINT STATE PARK, Wash. - Sherman Pike of Tulalip, Wash., was at Kayak Point State Park on Thursday morning with his son when they spotted a giant red blob washed up on the shore.

"I could only guess that it was a jellyfish but did not know until researching it later that this is a Lion's Mane jellyfish, which spend the majority of their lives in the open ocean before coming closer to shore near death," Pike wrote in an email to KOMO News, sister news network of KVAL News in Eugene. "The largest species of jellyfish in the world, the Lion's Mane jelly holds a record at over eight feet in diameter (found in the 1870's)."

Pike said his son is about four-and-a-half feet tall, and he estimates the jellyfish was a little bit smaller.