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Why were more than 100 dead jellyfish on the beach at the south end of Wrightsville Beach?

Rachel Crofut

It’s hard to determine the exact cause without a picture or further detailed information on the jellyfish species, said Paul Barrington, director of husbandry and operations at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

However, Barrington speculated that the species found was cabbage head jellyfish, also known as cannonball jellyfish, as it is commonly seen in the area.

Barrington said that while he was out on the water this weekend off Kure Beach, he passed by thousands of these types of jellyfish and wasn’t concerned about their population.

“The numbers (that washed up) aren’t surprising,” he said. Barrington attributed the occurrence to the northeast wind currents that will help push jellyfish that live close to the shore onto the beach.

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Is there an official jellyfish season for our coastal areas?

Should I get someone to urinate on me if I have a jellyfish sting?

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