Jellyfish stings up at Dewey, Rehoboth beaches

July 11, 2009 3:09:35 PM PDT
The beach patrols in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach say an unusually high number of people are being stung by jellyfish.

Dewey Beach patrol Cpt. Todd Fritchman says more than 100 people have complained of being stung in the last week. In Rehoboth Beach, Cpt. Kent Buckson says 120 people have been stung compared to the normal amount of 30 each week.

Normally, beach officials see a spike in mid-to-late July. But Dewey lifeguard Chris Muscara says the warmer waters are bringing the jellyfish into swimming areas earlier this year. According to Fritchman, ocean currents have likely changed, too, which is moving jellyfish into swimming areas.

Delaware Sea Grant official Joe Farrell says the increase in stings isn't part of a wider pattern but is simply a seasonal change.

Information from: WBOC-TV, http://www.wboc.com/

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