UPDATE (06-28-18): 9 stings were reported today by VCBS. 11 were reported the day prior.
Earlier reporting below.
Daytona Beach, FL – It’s annoyed Volusia beachgoers and those who patrol the county’s sands and waves for nearly a month.
Now, it seems like the jellyfish invasion is finally over, or at least slowing down significantly.
Volusia County Beach Safety reports that 22 people were stung yesterday (June 26), the second day in a row that number has been under triple digits.
Prior to Monday’s 46 stings, at least 100 stings had been reported every day by VCBS since June 9, with the peak at 550 on June 19.
There’s been nearly 4,000 stings recorded since June 9, according to VCBS Captain Tammy Malphurs. That averages out to around 219 a day.
“The wind, it’s been switching up a little bit,” Malphurs added when asked what has changed. “Our water temperature has gone down quite a bit. It’s all at the mercy of the winds and the currents.”
No serious injuries have been reported by anyone who’s been stung. Most victims were treated on-scene by lifeguard with a white vinegar solution and sent home, with the pain normally gone within a few days at the most.
Malphurs and other lifeguards have been stung several times these past few weeks doing what VCBS calls the “daily drill”, which involves swimming in the water.
“It’s not even really that much of a pain,” Malphurs stated. “It goes away within minutes. It’s really not that big of a deal.”
Having said that, she also admits she’s never seen anything like this in her many years patrolling Volusia’s beaches, especially with how long the jellyfish have stuck around.
“It’s not something that is typical, obviously,” Malphurs stated.
Below is the daily breakdown since the invasion started, according to VCBS data.