Jellyfish stings increase at local beaches

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - As the temperatures heat up, more people head to the beach giving jellyfish more victims to sting.

Dozens of jellyfish stings are reported nearly everyday on beaches from Fort Fisher to Surf City.

There have been few incidents of the Portuguese Man of Wars washing ashore so far.  But Hap Fatzinger with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher said that can change with a strong on shore wind because jellyfish follow the currents.

"The best thing they say for a jellyfish sting would be vinegar to help neutralize the stinging cells of the jellyfish, or a paste made from meat tenderizer helps to neutralize those," said Fatzinger.  "It may be good in your beach bag to carry a small bottle of vinegar."

According to Fatzinger, jellyfish can still sting you even if they have washed up on the beach strand.

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