Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sea Nettles

We are seeing quite a number of sea nettles (Chrysaora quinquecirrha), in the area lately. Last weekend they were heavy in the gulf. This weekend I'm seeing a heavy concentration of them in the sound, especially between Portofino and Range Point.

Sea nettles, a form of jellyfish, will keep swimmers out of the water even when rough surf will not. During times like Memorial Day Weekend when the beach is packed and the surf is high, the presence of jellies can greatly reduce the numbers of rescues. Nice to know these little buggers are good for something.

Click here to read information about what is produced which causes the stinging from sea nettles and what to do if you are stung.

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