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Hundreds stung by jellyfish at Florida beaches

By Michelle Kapusta,

Hundreds of swimmers were stung by swarms of jellyfish at two Volusia County beaches over the weekend.

According to WFTV, officials said that more than 400 people were treated at Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach on Saturday and Sunday for stings.

Reuters reported that the swarm of notorious stingers arrived in the shallow waters of the Sunshine State on Friday. Many washed ashore and lifeguards raised flags to alert beachgoers of the hazardous creatures that remained in the water.

"It could be thousands. It's hard to see them in the water right now. All you can see are the ones on shore," said Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Marris.

Jellyfish come in all shapes and sizes and vinegar is used as the most common method to treat a sting.

The fish are usually brought close to shore when there is a storm out at sea. Beach safety authorities have said that high surf from Tropical Storm Cristobal could bring even more in on Monday, so just in case lifeguards will have vinegar on hand.

 
 

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