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More jellyfish plus more swimmers equal more stings

Posted By the South Carolina Radio Network On May 31, 2011 @ 4:12 PM In State & Local News | Comments Disabled

Regardless of whether there are more jellyfish or just more people, there seem to be a bit more jellyfish stings being reported.

Pearse Webster, a marine biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, says if there appears there are more jellyfish stings being reported, it may be because the warm waters are bringing out more people.

Inevitably it seems that we’ll have more interactions with them, because if there are more of them and more of us, then we’re going to bump into each other more often.

Webster says any apparent rise in the population of jellyfish may just be cyclical.

It’s going to be highly variable as to exactly what points and time there going to be present and noticeably higher numbers, and those are going to be largely governed by wind patterns and the effect that those have on ocean currents.

Over the Memorial Day weekend there have been reports of hundreds of people who encountered the unwelcomed sting. Webster says there are different types of stings.

It can be everything from a mosquito bite to a just a completely overwhelming searing pain that is on the verge of debilitating.

Webster says, based on records, the number of stings recorded in 2010 were close to the largest concentration. He adds this year’s spring counts seem to be on track for a record.

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