If you've been to the beach recently, you've probably noticed that the water seems warmer than usual for this time of year.

For many, that's a welcome surprise.  Who doesn't like a refreshing dip after laying in the hot sun?

However, the warmer water is also inviting to various sea creatures that are also uncommon for this time of year.

Jellyfish in Barnegat Bay

If you're taking a dip in northern Barnegat Bay, you need to be careful not to get stung by a clinging jellyfish.

These jellyfish are small, typically the size of a dime, and have upwards of 90 tentacles.

The clinging jellyfish is native to the Pacific Ocean but was discovered in Jersey waters about 8 years ago.

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Symptoms of a Jellyfish Sting

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the symptoms of a sting from a clinging jellyfish include:

  • Severe Pain
  • Redness
  • Headache
  • Nausea

In severe cases, the victim may experience heart or respiratory issues.

Although the TV show Friends created a whole episode around urinating on a jellyfish sting, medical experts warn not to do that.

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If you or a friend are stung, do not touch the area of the sting.  Pour saltwater into the area of the sting.

Treating a Jellyfish Sting

Then, using gloves, or a credit card remove the tentacles.  Do not touch the area with your bare hands. 

Then, apply an ice pack to the area to help with the swelling.

You may feel discomfort or pain for up to 48 hours.  If the pain is severe, or still present after that, you should seek medical care.

Source:  Toxic clinging jellyfish with ‘excruciating’ sting spotted near Jersey Shore (msn.com)

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