Huge Jelly Fish Stings 150 People

Posted Jul 22nd 2010 10:36 AMUpdated Jul 23rd 2010 02:17 PM


Call it the jellyfish version of "Jaws." As many as 150 people were stung by a 40- to 50-pound jellyfish at a state park in southern New Hampshire this week.

And the jellyfish, identified as a lion's mane jellyfish, was not even alive.

Officials said the incident at Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye, started when a lifeguard spotted the jellyfish about 100 yards from shore and dragged it in with a pitchfork. The jellyfish broke up en route.

Then, people in the water started having painful reactions. Those stung by stingers on the huge dead creature included children, vacationers, and others attending recreation programs at the beach, reports New Hampshire's WMUR 9.

"My daughter was screaming," Shannon Kirshenbaum tells the TV station, of her two-year-old. "We were trying to figure out what was wrong with her, so we picked her up and started to get out of the water, and that's when they announced that they had caught a jellyfish that had split into pieces and that there might be tentacles in the water."

A triage was set up at the park's lifeguard station. Doctors used vinegar to treat most of the stings. Ten children were taken to area hospitals as a precaution, and later released, according to media reports. Symptoms included itching and burning.

Doug Grout, chief of marine fisheries for the state, said the jellyfish was a species rarely seen as far south as Rye, and that the creature's largest tentacle was 13 feet, according to The Associated Press.

"They can hurt," Grout says of the stings. "I wouldn't say they're deadly, but they provide discomfort."

The beach was closed for the rest of the day.

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@ Student: if you were born in another country hopefully you would take the proper, LEGAL steps necessary to come into our country at which time you would be welcomed with open arms. The ones that people complain about are the millions of illegals that sneak into this country and then expect the US government to provide them with free money, free food, free medical care when the US won't even give that to their natural born citizens.

August 11 2010 at 4:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you enter this county illegaly you should be sent home. Why should we all pay for you to go to our schools and get free medical care when it's causing our health care system to collapse! Your why we pay $20 for a bandaed at a hospital and $2500 for a one hour stay.

Sorry the country is so corrupt you can't get water for your kids. Maybe you should stand up for yourselfs and kick the dealers and goverment officials out and start over. We have problmes of our own and ILLEGAL PEOPLE is one of them.

I like the jelly fish idea and more boarder guards!

August 11 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I must say I'm overwhelmed with the response to my original comment. I did mean it jokingly only because it would not actually be feasible. I also harbor no ill will towards our neighbors to the south but THEY are the majority crossing THAT border & I believe our immigration laws leave alot to be desired.

As many of you have suggested....come in legally & I will be the first to welcome you.

Nuff said....

July 23 2010 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How could 1 of these sting 150 people....for one thing, it broke apart. Plus, read the definition about how many stinging cells could be in one creature. Then, coupled with the wave action, it is easy to see how that many people got hit. Again, the article did not divide the stings into severity. Many could have been minor stings.'s_mane_jellyfish

July 23 2010 at 2:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cripes! That thing was enormous! Of course all those people got stung; it was like a JAWS jellyfish!! It fell apart as it was brought in, and I can imagine the tentacles were many feet long, people didn't even know what they were probably. Could have looked like seaweed or ocean debris. I got stung by a little jelly fish out on Long Island NY and that hurt for about a half hour, and it was small, like maybe 4 inches across!

July 22 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I got stung today in the water of my beach on Long Island sound. Jet skiers and power boats run into the jellies what are slightly under the surface and not easily seen. The propellors chop the beasties up and the little parts float on the tide. It's very easy to have those tiny bits and pieces disperse in a very wide area and sting many people. Nasty 2" welt on my flank that itches despite vinegar and amonia and cortisone creme. I'm a Nurse Practitioner and tell my patients to add a small vial of amonia-based sting-treatment (Rhulicreme, Stingmate, etc.) or a small bottle of vinegar to their beach first aid kits. If you're swimming and feel a sting or a sudden painful itching, get out and treat it. And let the life guards know.

July 22 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ppeople think they are just goofy looking sea creatures.........There are jellyfish in that ocean that are the size of your small finger that can kill you dead.........Far more people are probably hurt every year by jellyfish than sharks............

July 22 2010 at 8:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Student: I wonder if you are so young you don't understand there are limits to the number of people a given amount of land can support. Do you know what Mexico City is like? How about India? Or, maybe you are going to school on my dime and don't understand those of us pulling the cart have about reached the limits of our generosity. Let Mexico change its corrupt, socialist government and take care of its own people.

July 22 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You people are idiots. These people were SWIMMING at the beach. When you swim, you do not look right in front of you to see if there is a freaken tenticle. No, you just go for it. These people could have been swimming underwater or just splashing about and hit one of the detatched parts of the jellyfish. Super easy for 150 careless beach-goers to get stung. Which brings me to my next point - who in the world decides to bring in a jellyfish using a pitchfork on a probably crowded beach? Wouldn't a smart person at least evacuate the people out of that area or wait for the beach to close before dragging a huge, fragile JELLYFISH thru the water?!

July 22 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cuzzbleed -GREAT idea.... And sell tickets to the event .SWEET

July 22 2010 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply