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Summer weather brings jellyfish to San Diego County beaches

Jellyfish

Warm weather has brought the annual influx of those gelatinous marine animals known as jellyfish to the beaches of San Diego County.

Dozens of beach patrons have reported being stung by the creatures in recent days at beaches stretching from La Jolla Shores to Oceanside. The jellyfish venture close to shore in search of plankton to eat.

Folk remedies abound about alleviating the pain inflicted by the poisonous nettles. One common remedy is to douse the area with vinegar and then remove the nettles very carefully while wearing gloves.

Beachgoers beware: Even in death, a jellyfish can sting.

While it is no comfort to those who have stepped on or brushed against a jellyfish, large numbers of jellyfish have been spotted at some of the world's glamour beaches of late, including the French Riviera, Spain's Costa del Sol and the sandy beaches of Australia.

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Photo: A beachgoer looks at a jellyfish on Zuma Beach in Malibu in 2000. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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