Jellyfish (also called nettles) are in the Chesapeake Bay, but they’re a little slower than normal this year. The beautiful, but dangerous, creatures are coming out, mainly the middle section of the Bay.
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They’re difficult to see. jellyfish are typically, but not always, clear and they have long tentacles dangling as they pulsate through the murky Bay water.
But you know when you come across one. First you’ll notice the tentacles; they feels like hair floating through the water. Then you feel the sting that doesn’t go away any time soon.
And they’re going to hang around until about October. You’ll come across mainly moon jellyfish — peaceful, pretty, blobby things floating around.
The government tries to figure out where they are and provides some prediction in this NOAA Sea Nettles Guidance chart.
NOAA actually has a sea nettle prediction website, but it’s usually out-of-service.
For a closer look, check out the data being filed from the area bouys.
The key to avoiding jellyfish is to find fresh water. There are several state parks with beaches just off the beaten path that are just out of jellyfish range. Privately-owned beaches in the salter Bay areas often have the swimming area surrounded by nets protecting sun bathers from stings.
What to Do When Stung by Jellyfish
If you get stung by a jellyfish, ChesapeakeBay.com suggests liberally sprinkling a meat tenderizer or baking soda on the hurting area depending on what kind of jellyfish you came across. If that doesn’t work, it might have been a PhYsalia (a man-of-war). Try vinegar. For more on jellyfish, where they come from, and the types you’ll come across, check out this ChesapeakeBay.com article on Jellyfish Facts.
The only way to avoid getting stung in jellyfish-infested waters, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program, is by wearing a wetsuit or pantyhose.
Pantyhose in summer, even in the water ->>