Beachgoers advised to stay out of water due to jellyfish in Myrtle Beach

Published: Aug. 1, 2016 at 3:54 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2016 at 2:22 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BREACH, SC (WMBF) – Numerous jellyfish have been spotted near the shore in Myrtle Beach, prompting the National Weather Service to issue another beach hazard warning for Monday.

Lifeguards in the Myrtle Beach area are reporting the jellyfish, and are advising beach-goers to stay out of the water, the warning states.

The beach hazard statement from the NWS is in effect until 8 p.m. Monday evening.

The same warning was issued Sunday after lifeguards spotted numerous jellyfish on the beaches.

Lifeguards were warning beach goers to be cautious in the water as soon as they stepped onto the beaches Monday.

"He told us to watch out for the jellyfish, that they've had some stings," said beachgoer Jean Brown. "He told me to bring my grandson up to him. I say grandson but he's my great-grandson. And bring him up to him if we have any trouble."

Brown and her family are visiting Myrtle Beach from Maryland and she admitted she was a little nervous when she first heard of the stings, but at the same time was happy the lifeguard told her.

"I do believe that they should warn people just in case, because he said unless you're allergic to them, it should be OK," she said. "Of course it's going to sting. But they can handle that, they can do something for it."

Local experts from Ripley's Aquarium said while this is common, there are a lot of jellyfish in the water right now.

They are called Atlantic nettles, and they are here because the water is warm, and they are feeding on the plankton also drawn toward the water.

"Well, the jellyfish, when they have those blooms, they will explode and then just taper off because they will use up all of those available food in the water and then also, with currents, there will be a lot of beachings and you really should see them taper off," said Hillary Hastings, with Ripley's Aquarium.

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