Jellyfish Sends Swimmers To Hospital

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Stings from clinging jellyfish in Tices Shoal, a popular spot for bayside boaters at Island Beach State Park, sent two men to the hospital in separate incidents in early July.

One man was stung July 1, the other July 3, and both were hospitalized for the pain from the poisonous stings, according to an interview with Paul Bologna of Montclair State University. He’s a jellyfish expert and director of marine biology and coastal sciences at the university.

The jellyfish, native to the Pacific coast, found its way into local waters. They’ve been found in Barnegat Bay and the Metedeconk.