Volusia County, FL
UPDATE: Volusia County Beach Safety reported another 192 jellyfish stings on Friday. That’s 596 total in the span of 3 days.
Original Reporting: County Beach Safety reports that over 400 jellyfish stings took place throughout the county on Wednesday and Thursday alone.
According to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Sr. Captain Tammy Marris, 102 jellyfish complaints were submitted on Wednesday, and 302 were reported on Thursday.
“Pay attention to the beach condition flags,” said Marris. “We are flying the purple flag which means hazardous marine life.”
If you do get stung go to the nearest lifeguard tower or flag down a lifeguard truck. If it still stings the lifeguard will put something like vinegar on it and tell you what to do next. Allergic reactions can be bad so be sure to pay attention to the area around the sting.
In all likelihood, there will be more jellyfish in the water over the next few days but lifeguards won’t know until the day of. Before you get in the water check on beach condition flags, and always swim in front of a lifeguard.
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