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Jellyfish Swarm Stings Over 400 Swimmers at Florida Beaches

Jellyfish in Florida

Around 400 swimmers were stung by a swarm of jellyfish over the weekend in Daytona Beach.

The stings occurred both Saturday and Sunday according to the Volusia County Lifeguard Corps, who flew purple and yellow "pest" flags to warn swimmers about the presence of jellyfish in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Beach safety officials said they also had reports of lifeguards getting stung during their morning swim.

Lifeguards carried vinegar and used it to treat injured swimmers by applying it on the sting.

The swarm is actually not something new for the area, said Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Marris. She said the county beaches see swarms about a dozen times a year.

Earlier this month, jellyfish stung more than 400 swimmers in waters along Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

Officials are now trying to identify the exact species of jellyfish invading the area.

"They're clear except for one little spot of color in the middle," Capt. Ray Manchester, with Volusia County Beach Safety said.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured by the jellyfish stings.

It appears the jellyfish have been carried back out to the ocean. There were only four reports of jellyfish stings on Monday, Marris said.

Jellyfish sting with their tentacles. Although the stings generally are not severe, in rare cases, they can be life-threatening, according to the National Science Foundation.

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