According to the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, beachgoers would be wise to watch their step when it comes to beached jellyfish.
Aquarium Curator Hap Fatzinger said, “The tentacles of a jellyfish are covered in small stinging cells called nematocysts that have ‘hair-like’ triggers that fire when stimulated. I don’t know exactly how long until the degradation of the animal breaks down the ability of these cells to fire, but best word of advice is to steer clear of any dangerous jellyfish on the beach.”
Fatzinger added that a jellyfish on the beach will dry out and break down quickly, as they are mostly water. However, any jellyfish you see has the potential to sting if touched.
Date posted: May 30, 2012
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