Invasion of the jellyfish!

Image by Flickr user OCVAImage by 20080804nettle.jpg The sea nettle is very common in South Carolina waters during the warmer months, and it's thought to be behind most stings that occur around here.

ABC News 4 is urging beach goers to watch out for jellyfish while swimming, because with warmer weather the number of the stinging creatures goes up.

The news station reports a fairly high number of jellyfish stings in the past week, as well:

Folly Beach lifeguards say as many as 30 people were stung every day last week.

The state Department of Natural Resources also has a great resource on jellyfish, along with a list of local varieties. And if you've been stung, or know someone who has, here are some tips on how to treat a sting.

Update August 6: The Post and Courier is adding their two cents with a narrative write-up of the sea nettles that come with the warm water.

Oh, and here's a video of the can-be pretty creatures at the South Carolina Aquarium.

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