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June 16, 2016

Man hospitalized for 'clinging jellyfish' sting in N.J. waters

In the worst-case scenario, a clinging jellyfish sting can cause kidney failure

A Monmouth County man was hospitalized after being stung by a ‘clinging jellyfish’ a week after the species, which is rare to the area, was spotted in the Barnegat Bay.

The man, who hasn't been named, was stung in the waters of the Shrewsbury River, the Monmouth Beach Office of Emergency Management told There is no word on his current condition, however in the worst-case scenario, a clinging jellyfish string can cause kidney failure.

Before the most recent reported spotting at the Jersey Shore, clinging jellyfish have, in recent years, also been seen in New Hampshire and New York waters. 

As its name implies, these coin-sized jellies trail “a skirt of 60 to 90 glass-like tentacles that uncoil sharp threads and emit painful neurotoxins," according to a report by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. One of the Institute's researchers was stung in the face by a clinging jellyfish on Martha’s Vineyard in July 2013.

The sting felt like “hypodermic needles,” the researcher reported.