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(Jelly) Fish are Biting Early at Hammonasset Beach State Park

The heat of July has coaxed the slimy creatures toward shore sooner than usual, and several beachgoers have felt the sting recently.

After a steamy July, it appears that the "Lion's Mane" jellyfish has made an ahead-of-schedule arrival along the coastline.

The Hartford Courant reports that there was a rash of stings at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison over the weekend and during the early part of this week.

One witness who can vouch for the pink invasion was Cassandra Day, Middletown Patch editor, who provided us with some images of the jellyfish.

Connecticut Beach Watch August 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'm with Connecticut Beach Watch from the Connecticut Radio Network and I manage the Beach Watch website and Connecticut Beach Watch facebook page. While we have been getting reports from our website and facebook visitors of jellyfish at Hammonasset and other Long Island Sound beachs, the Hartford Courant story you're linking to in this story is from August of last year. (2011). There was an early invasion of jellyfish in 2011, but it's not quite to "rash of stings." That information is from last year. While there are indeed jellyfish in the water right now, it's not a major outbreak just yet. With hot weather this weekend, lots of people will want to get in the water and the linked story implies they won't be able to get in. Thanks!
Michelle Poulin Kiley August 04, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Our family concurs with the CT Beach watch. We've seen one in 4 days.
Mark August 06, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I was there on Saturday and Sunday. I had numerous stings both days, worse at low tide on Saturday
Mark August 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I'd like to add that the first sting hurt like the dickens! So if you haven't been dirrectly stung by one of these things it does hurt a lot, probably akin to a yellowjacket sting. The many other minor stings felt more like nettles..

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