Less than a month ago the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection warned swimmers in Ocean County of the return of clinging jellyfish, which can give a painful sting.

Now, dozens of the pests have been picked up at one of Ocean County's most popular boating destinations.

Dr. Paul Bologna of Montclair State University posted a photo on Facebook of just one of the more than 40 clinging jellyfish that were picked up near Tices Shoal.

It's a good time to remind boaters and swimmers of the steps that the NJDEP suggests if you get stung:

  • Apply white vinegar to the affected area to immobilize any remaining stinging cells.
  • Rinse the area with salt water and remove any remaining tentacle materials using gloves or a thick towel.
  • A hot compress or cold pack can then be applied to alleviate pain.
  • If symptoms persist or pain increases instead of subsiding, seek prompt medical attention.

Have you spotted any clinging jellyfish where you swim or boat? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page!


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