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Swimmers Beware! Hundreds Of Stinging Jellyfish Found On Jersey Shore

May 24, 2019 - 2:46 pm

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (WCBS 880) – As people flock to the beaches of New Jersey this Memorial Day weekend, they may have to deal with an unwanted guest.

Researchers have seen hundreds of clinging jellyfish in Barnegat Bay and the Metedeconk River recently.

The critters are known for their tiny size – and agonizing sting.

They're only 1-to-3 inches long but can have up to 90 stinging tentacles.

Paul Bologna, the head of the Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Program at Montclair State University, told the Asbury Park Press that he thinks there are tens of thousands of the jellyfish living in Barnegat Bay.

The latest count only confirmed nearly 300, but Bologna says that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg.

“When we’re finding hundreds, or 500 of these, it really means that there are thousands and tens of thousands of baby jellyfish out in the local waterways,” Bologna said.

He says the jellyfish’s sting feels like “a whole body charley horse.”

The Asbury Park Press reports that two men had to be hospitalized on morphine last summer after being stung.