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Diver Gets Super Excited When She Meets This Giant Jellyfish

"Face to face with a barrel jellyfish THE SAME SIZE AS ME."

When Lizzie Daly went diving in the waters around the UK recently, she had no idea that she'd come back up with such a huge smile. 

Biologist just after meeting giant barrel jellyfish
Lizzie Daly

That's because she met a very special individual underwater — a giant barrel jellyfish.

Diver with giant jellyfish
Underwater Cinematographer Dan Abbott

Being a biologist, Daly already knew these amazing jellyfish can grow to large sizes, but this encounter was extra special.

"I've never seen one that big," Daly told The Dodo. 

Diver beside giant jellyfish
Underwater Cinematographer Dan Abbott

Luckily, Daly managed to have her friend capture the moments she spent with the jellyfish on camera. She and underwater cinematographer Dan Abbott were taking the dive off the coast of Cornwall as part of Wild Ocean Week, which Daly started in order to highlight the amazing marine world under the water's surface and to inspire people to help protect it.

That giant jellyfish certainly helped Daly make her point. 

"Spend two minutes of the end of Wild Ocean Week watching this beautiful moment where I come face to face with a barrel jellyfish THE SAME SIZE AS ME," Daly shared with her Facebook followers

Diver with giant jellyfish
Underwater Cinematographer Dan Abbott

Daly later reflected that it was both "serene" and "grounding" to be so close to such a magnificent creature.

"[It shows us] why it's so important to protect our oceans," she said. 

You can help protect the underwater world by making a donation to the Marine Conservation Society.