Monday, July 16, 2012
Lifeguards report that 135 people were stung by jellyfish at Encinitas beaches Sunday.
Encinitas lifeguards say the Black Sea Nettle Jellyfish, which is usually 4 to 6 feet long, and the Purple Stripe Jellyfish were caught up in the waves just off the coast.
Lifeguards say the warmer waters of the current, coming up from the south, are bringing the jellies into the San Diego area.
According to lifeguards, the jellies’ stinging cells on their tentacles cause victims to get a red rash when they remove the stinging cell. They suggest using a vinegar/water solution to take away the pain and letting it dry naturally.