Jellyfish Population On The Rise At Jersey Shore

BARNEGAT, NJ (WCBS 880) – When you go to the beach, you might have some unwelcome company.

Jellyfish have been around for over one hundred years, but this year there is an explosion in the population of the stinging blobs and it’s beginning to threaten the ecosystem, while keeping swimmers out of the water.

WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron In New Jersey/%20

Jennifer O’Reilly of Save Barnegat Bay says overdevelopment, poor planning and nutrient pollution have created the perfect storm for the organisms to multiply.

“They need poor water quality. They like a certain salinity. They like a certain water temp.  They like hot water and salt,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Kelly Waldron.

Because of the poor water quality, O’Reilly says the normal fish and turtle species which would prey on the jellyfish are not there.

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  • Jellies

    Went to Atlantic City yesterday. Couldn’t go in water….even standing in ankle deep, jellies were stinging. There were thousands of hockey puck – sized jellies and hundreds of plate-sized reddish/brown ones. Although the beach wasn’t closed, very few people in the water. Terrible. Lifeguard said, “I wouldn’t go in unless I had to.” That sums up the day!

  • nelsong

    jersey,washington, whats the big deal,

  • diver923

    More liike 100 millioin years.

  • aj

    went to jersey shore this weekend. its dirty and jelly fish all over. previous all year it was perfect.

  • ProFromDover

    That’s no jelleyfish: It’s Snooki on a bender!

  • Lognie Ray

    Does any one ever proof read theis stories? one hundred years? Just as long as it promotes man made global warming.

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