Tiny, dangerous jellyfish found off Jersey Shore
A tiny jellyfish with touch that could lead to kidney failure has been spotted at the Jersey Shore.
A fisherman in Barnegat Bay spotted the dime-sized clinging jellyfish and took it to Jenkinson's Aquarium in Point Pleasant, which in turn turned it over to jellyfish expert Dr. Paul Bologna at Montclair State University, according to ABC 7.
Bologna told the station the clingtng jellyfish is normally found in the Pacific Ocean but could have become attached to a ship that brought it east.
"I tend to sting myself with lots of jellyfish just to see how bad it is, just to give a characterization. I'm unwilling to do it with this one," Bologna told the station.
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said the species had nearly disappeared but have been making a comeback since 2013 when marine researcher Mary Carman was stung in the face while diving in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Carman described its sting as a "hypodermic needle" and said in a 2014 report such jellyfish have been spotted on the east coast from New Hampshire to North Carolina.