The 2019 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection clinging jellyfish map shows sightings in the Point Pleasant/Brick area.

A check of the map shows many areas tested showed an absence of clinging jellyfish, however some confirmed sightings are on the map as well, and they seem to be concentrated in the area where the Metedeconk meets the Bay.

The area with the most confirmed sightings in 2019 is between the southeast area of Wardell's Neck and the northeast corner of Metedeconk Neck.

The clinging jellyfish ranges from about the size of a dime to the size of a quarter, and is difficult to spot in the water. It has a powerful sting that can produce severe pain and other localized symptoms. In some cases, stings can result in the need for medical attention or hospitalization, according to a recent NJDEP press release.

The clinging jellyfish are back in the headlines in the Garden State after one was spotted in a North Wildwood Beach salt pond. For all the information on clinging jellyfish, check out this fact sheet.

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