The State Department of Environments Protection released an advisory that the dangerous species known as clinging jellyfish were found in various rivers and bays at the Jersey Shore. (This species does not affect ocean beaches)

Check out the map published by the state which labels the areas that clinging jellyfish were spotted.

This species is very small, approximately the size of a dime, and therefore can be very difficult to spot in water. But where do the "clinging" jellyfish get their name? It is because they survive by literally clinging onto the edges of plants and aquatic vegetation.

If you are stung, it can cause severe pain and can result in hospitalization.

Unfortunately, there is no known pattern of how clinging jellyfish travel so environmental officials are asking for the public's help.

If you see a clinging jellyfish, do not try and capture but instead take a photograph and send it to Dr. Paul Bologna at or Joseph Bilinski at 

For safety tips of what to do if stung and other details regarding this advisory, visit

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