NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Almost nothing can ruin a day at the beach like a jellyfishsting.
And the annual invasion of sea nettles, a type of stinging jellyfish, is in full force in the Chesapeake Bay. One of the problemswith jellyfish is they can sneak up on you.
Even if you can see the clear blob in the water, you may notnotice its really long tentacle until it brushes past and unloadsthousands of tiny stinging cells.
"It stung really bad, like millions of needles poking into yourskin at once," said one child who got stung.
Even with a pile of jellyfish collected by children on the OceanView beach, experts at the Virginia Aquarium say there aren't anymore than usual. It happens every summer, because beaches on thebay are sort of a "hot spot" for cool single jellyfish.
"Adult jellies are coming in and they're meeting other adultjellies and they're making baby jellies," said Beth Firchau, withthe Virginia Aquarium.
Firchau said there are two types that frequent localbeaches--moons and stinging nettles. Stinging nettles are the oneswith long tentacles you really need to watch out for.
"Even if you see a jelly over here, you know he's trying to getanything that's in his vicinity even if that's you," she said.
There were people on the beach scooping up the jellies andburying them in the sand. Experts say be careful because evendetached and dried up tentacles can sting.
"Vinegar is actually not a bad idea," said Charles Graffeo, anemergency room doctor. He said the acid deactivates the sting, andwarm water also helps.
"Some of the myths, you know, don't have anybody use urine, orsand or powder," he said. Those things can actually make itworse.
And if you have any kind of allergies the doctor advises youkeep your distance because as much fun as catching jellyfish maybe, it's not so much fun when they catch you.
For more information visit the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office website
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