REPORT: These creatures invading the shore may send you to the ER

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As if sharks lurking in local waters isn’t enough to worry about, “clinging” jellyfish from the Pacific Ocean that pack a shocking sting have been spotted on the Jersey Shore.

“Just a heads up folks. I picked up a couple of clinging jellyfish in the northern part of Barnegat Bay this weekend,” warned Paul Bologna, a Montclair State University marine biologist, posted online May 21. “So if you are in the shallow grass beds be wary of these little nasty stingers.”

Native to the Pacific Ocean, the invasive clinging jellies have also been found in Cape May, NJ.

Bologna, who posts updates to Facebook on the jellyfish he spots, said these creatures live in the “back bay areas” and are not at the beach.

“These little guys, these clingers, live in grass beds and algae. So they’re in shallow water. So if you’re out there throwing the football in the shallow water, you may run into ’em. And because they’re so small, you might not even see them or notice them,” Bologna said.

“They’re kind of insidious because when you get stung, it’s not bad immediately, but four or five hours later the extreme pain starts to kick in,” he continued.

Bologna explained that the pain is similar to “getting a charley horse . . . bad muscle spasms. Imagine your whole body doing that.”

The adult jellyfishes, which are “mostly transparent” in appearance, have 60 to 80 alternating short and long tentacles that contain stinging cells.

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