South Carolina's Myrtle Beach spared swarming jellyfish

Myrtle Beach Sun-NewsJune 6, 2011 

A squishy situation has appeared along the East Coast, but luckily local beaches haven't felt much sting from jellyfish.

Notorious for gathering near the coast in summer months, swarms covering hundreds of square miles in many popular vacation and fishing destinations have been reported, according to the National Science Foundation.

In fact, alarms are going off that jellyfish swarms are taking over the world's oceans - starving out food fish, injuring and killing swimmers, overloading the nets and capsizing fishing boats and clogging the pipes to power plants and nuclear vessels, experts say.

The fear is that warmer waters, overfishing and pollution are depleting other species while giving jellyfish the habitat they need to bloom.

Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet hasn't had too many conflicts with the spineless creatures, but the real influx usually comes in July.

Read the complete story, including a picture of a beached jellyfish, at thesunnews.com

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