STOCKTON SPRINGS- The sun was out and the weather was beautiful, but some beachgoers in Stockton Springs had a hard time enjoying themselves on Tuesday afternoon.
“There was lots of them, way too many to go swimming, and all the sudden they just came in like that,” Howard White, a beachgoer at Sandy Point, described.
He said hundreds of jellyfish lined the shore for a period of time.
White said there were so many that nobody was able to go swimming.
Witnesses say as the tide started rolling out, ones with diameters as large as 7 inches started washing up.
According to Stockton Spring’s harbormaster, Dave Estes, the type of jellyfish people were seeing are called “Lion’s Mane”.
He said he’s seen more than usual in the harbor this season.
“They’re very popular in the area, they’re common to the area, they’re a cold water species,” Estes said. “They’re like most jellyfish, they drift with the tide and current and such.”
Estes says stings from “Lion’s Mane” jellyfish aren’t usually life-threatening, but will cause a rash and could land you in the hospital.
“It could be a combination of wind and current just kind of blew them there because they don’t have the ability to swim and get off the shore,” Estes said.
Beachgoers say that after a couple of hours, most of the jellyfish disappeared and everything returned to normal.
“In a boat you see them on the surface and stuff like that, but I’ve never seen them this close to shore,” White said.
Swim safe and stay aware of your surroundings.