South Carolina Under Attack by Swarms of Jellyfish!

Jellyfish Swarm!

Right now it hasn’t been confirmed that they are evil jellyfish, mutant jellyfish or aliens that look like jellyfish but we’ll find out soon enough! What we do know now is that Folly Beach is under attack by swarms of these stinging sea drifters and there have been hundreds of stings. It’s like a horror movie … except with jellyfish stings instead of gruesome deaths.

From The Post and Courier:

FOLLY BEACH — Tom Borum was trying to beat the heat with a cool dip in the Atlantic when –Zaappp!– a nasty little sting hit him right in the calf.

Borum heard his fiancee cry out. Something zinged her beneath the waves as well, leaving a trail of red marks behind.

They scrambled back to the beach Thursday and found others smarting from similar attacks. One little girl screamed on the sand as her mother tried to comfort her.

“I’ve been coming here since I was born,” said Borum, a 59-year-old visitor from Maryland. “I’ve never run into this kind of thing.

Welcome to the invasion of the jellyfish.

Hundreds of stings from these translucent blobs have been reported along the Charleston County coastline since last weekend. Some suspect a swarm of jellies rode in with strong onshore winds and roiling surf. Others wonder if a shift in the Gulf Stream or this week’s blast of thunderstorms are to blame. Whatever the reason, they are here — in force.

“We’ve had a dramatic increase in stings this week,” said Nikki Bowie, safety program manager for the county Parks and Recreation Commission. “It’s not only the number of stings, but the severity.”

The beach parks normally see just a couple of reported stings a month, if any at all. Isle of Palms, however, had 162 reported stings last Sunday and another 186 jellyfish run-ins on Tuesday. The number of reported stings on Folly Beach jumped from 15 on Wednesday to 150 the following day, Bowie said. Several stings also were reported at Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island, she said.

One victim was stung four times in one day! Stay out of the water people.

Unconfirmed: A source (my imagination) says that this jellyfish army is controlled by one monster jellyfish awakened by the Gulf Oil spill who the other  jellyfish worship as a god.

Comments

3 Responses to “South Carolina Under Attack by Swarms of Jellyfish!”

  1. Mark Brian on August 2nd, 2010 1:55 pm

    Long ago I visited Myrtle Beach and got stung quite a few times by jelly fish. Wasn’t that bad until the poison settled in one place and became very itchy and uncomfortable!

  2. Loup Garou on August 3rd, 2010 12:31 pm

    man, between oil spils, jellyfish swarms and shark week on TV….. I’m staying in the pool!
    by the way… Pee on it… the jellyfish sting that is. seems to work…. or so I’ve been told. LOL

  3. BL on August 4th, 2010 11:58 am

    I have been in and around beaches for 40 years and I suppose I’ve been stung by every marine stinger species at some point…tried all the myths…meat tenderizer…urine..baking soda..sand and so on but vinegar has always worked…always rinse in salt water never fresh…remove any remaining tentacles with a gloved hand or stick but never touch them as the nematocysts continue to fire…since its almost impossible to remember to bring pickles or vinegar to the beach, I found a product that is 5% acetic acid called StingMate…vinegar on steroids…it works..very effective..convenient spray bottle fits in your pocket or surf bag… got my on line…keep the sunny side up…BL

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