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Rising ocean temperatures send jellyfish onto Virginia Beach

Date Posted: 2020-07-29
Source: Associated Press

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Jellyfish are beginning to wash up on Virginia Beach as warmer ocean temperatures create a breeding ground, officials said.

Tom Gill, chief of the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service, says there’s been an influx of jellyfish over the past several days, adding that they sting, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

“It’s an irritation; some people are much more prone to the pain,” Gill said.

Julie Levans, senior curator at the Virginia Aquarium, says the breed found locally are most likely Chesapeake nettles which live in the Chesapeake Bay and smaller tidal bays where they’re mostly translucent or white. They reproduce in warm, salty water, she said.

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