|Published:||Sep 03, 2012 5:05 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 03, 2012 6:48 PM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla.- People spending Labor Day weekend at the beach in Naples have an influx of jellyfish to deal with in the Gulf.
People up and down Lowdermilk Park in Naples reported getting stung by tiny jellyfish.
Some so small in fact, you could barely see them in the water. Kids across the beach scooped them up in buckets in order to get a closer look.
Elizabeth Mieses says, "they just look like little white dots, and if you bump into them you get a little sting." She says at first, she didn't realize what caused little pin pricks on her body. "I got stung, and then she got stung and then I got stung 2 times more, and then started paying attention to what it actually was."
City officials say the summer is jellyfish season, but seeing so many in a matter of days is a little different.
Harbor master Roger Jacobsen says, "we just had a tropical storm churn up our whole Gulf so that may have driven them in, the water is a little cooler than normal, that's unusual, so all those factors say we have a lot of jellyfish."
He says if you do get stung, "get water on it right away, don't rub it, and if it is a small child just monitor it to make sure they don't get a reaction from it."
He says they don't know how long the influx of jellyfish will stick around, but keep your eyes out and watch kids closely.
They are not advising people stay out of the water, but just be careful, especially if you have allergic reactions to bee stings.
On Sunday, dozens of people had to get out of the water early because of the jellyfish. They were competing in the first park to pier swim, from Lowdermilk Park to the Naples Pier.
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