Beachgoers enjoy the sun, sand and water at Wildwood, New Jersey, May 28. (Hannah Beier / Getty Images)
If you’re at all a fan of the Jersey shore (the actual beaches in New Jersey, not the TV show) then please take care next time you visit.
There could be a nasty surprise waiting for you — and you may not even notice until hours after you’ve left the beach.
Multiple outlets and watch groups in the Garden State are reporting that a nasty group of interlopers known as “clinging jellyfish” have returned to beaches — but there’s a new development that’s causing more concern than usual.
First, a visual aid from Paul Bologna, a Montclair State University marine biologist who also runs the New Jersey Jellyspotters Facebook group:
According to the New York Post, the jellyfish are only the size of a quarter and were first discovered in 2016. Their small nature makes them particularly dangerous.