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Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

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Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

We have been going to the Outer Banks for about 7 years now. Of the 7 years we encountered these little white (opaque) jelly fish with very short tentacles. At first we were hesitant to enter the water but finally made out way in. There were 10 of us and none of us were ever bothered by them.

Can anyone tell me if they have made an appearance at all this year?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

They come and go each year it seems. They show up for a day or two and then a long time you won't see them and then they show up again. The reddish ones are not to be fooled with, I see more of them in the sound than in the ocean.

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2. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

Thank you.

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3. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

We have been in S. Nags Head all week and have seen at least a dozen jellyfish, many of them red. What is the deal with the red ones??? Should we be concerned about going into the water?

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4. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

You are probably encountering Cannonball Jellyfish which are large, hard and more or less harmless.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonball_Jellyfish

They often wash up on the beaches, and at times there can be hundreds of them in the waters. Massive amounts of them make for interesting water-skiing.

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5. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

The small clear ones that don't appear to have tentacles are harmless and aren't really jellyfish - a cousin to them. The large red ones do sting, but no worse than a bee sting. Have some vinegar with you on the beach and wash down any stings as soon as possible - and use a flat shell to gently scrap the area to remove any remaining stinging cells (but don't touch them).

We just back from a week at Corolla and only saw 1 or 2 red cannonballs and just a few small clear ones. Overall they were not an issue.

Best thing we encountered in the water was a bunch of baby pipefish floating in the strands of seaweed that was in the warm surf. They are cousins to the seahorse and are relly cute. You have to look hard to see them. Hint - they are the seaweed that move :-) We were catching them with our hands and releasing them.

Edited: 9:15 pm, July 04, 2010
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6. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

The water has been incredibly clear the last few weeks and we have run into a few jellyfish. Two of my girls were stung last week but it wasn't enough to make them stop playing or come out of the water!

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Following today's storm, we were surprised to see dozens of red jellyfish littering the water, on the ocean side, at that! They look almost like a swarm. With the swell of each wave, you can clearly see them, and there are some washed up on the beach every few feet. Is this a passing occurrence, or will they be this bad all week?

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Apparently that swarm of red sea nettles with a fairly nasty sting was all up and down the outer banks last week keeping everyone out of the water. This is the worst it's been in recent memory for people there. Some are calling it jellyfish soup. It appears they may be breeding because the water is also filled with very small organisms referred to generically as "sea lice" that are causing mild stings and itching all over. Some folks feel it as soon as they enter the water. These sea lice are likely baby jellies that are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye. There is also a sea lice that occurs when the crabs release their eggs and their larvae get caught up in the swimsuits - ouch. But since this is occuring with a mass of jellies, it seems likely to be their spawn.

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9. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

We were in Corolla last week and there were tons of jelly fish, all sorts of shapes and sizes. It didn't matter if the water was 56 or 76 ( which was the water temp range we saw). disappointed in both the water temps and jellies

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10. Re: Jelly Fish in Outer Banks waters

we are heading down to Kitty Hawk tomorrow night - are the jellyfish and sea lice so bad that you can't get in the water? is the issue getting better as the days pass or worse? when do you anticipate the jellyfish and sea lice will be gone and we can enter the water without issues?