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Influx of jellyfish heading to North Florida beaches?

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Updated: 8/12/2013 11:29 pm
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- A warning for beachgoers after a jellyfish alert has been issued. Officials say the influx from wind currents could be pushing them up to North Florida beaches.

Volusia County beach patrol treated more than 200 jellyfish stings since Friday. Lifeguards in Fernandina Beach tell Action News they haven't seen many at all this year, but are on high alert. They say the currents could push an influx of jellyfish to northern beaches. If you do get stung, there are some important steps to follow to remove the tentacle.

"Go to our lifeguards and have them assist you. They have gloves that they can wear to remove them. Don't use your bare hands because that will only increase the stinging process," said Adam Loud, supervisor for the Ocean Rescue division in Fernandina Beach.

Vinegar is also a great tool to arm yourself with in the coming weeks at the beach. Lifeguards say that should help suppress the burning sensation. They also say rinsing it with saltwater, rather than freshwater can also help.
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