Dangerous clinging jellyfish found in N.J. river
BY ROB SPAHR
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Updated on June 8, 2017 at 4:39 PMPosted on June 8, 2017 at 6:42 AM
The jellyfish with a dangerous sting that caused a scare on the Jersey Shore last summer, prompting the cancellation of several events, have reappeared in a Monmouth County river, researchers say.
Clinging jellyfish - whose sting can cause "excruciating pain", muscle weakness and serious medical problems, including kidney failure - were observed and recorded in New Jersey for the first time last June, specifically in the Manasquan and Shrewsbury rivers, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
As a result, the DEP and Montclair State University initiated a sampling plan to assess the abundance of jellyfish in New Jersey waters.
A pair of sampling sessions in those rivers, as well as northern sections of the Barnegat Bay, yielded no results, the DEP said.
On June 2, however, 17 small adults were found at sampling locations in the Shrewsbury River.