Scientists are warning visitors to the Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend to watch out for toxic jellyfish said to be invading the waters.
A bloom of roughly 200 to 300 clinging jellyfish have been found in the New Jersey waters, according to Professor Paul Bologna of Montclair State and a group of his students.
‘We’ve just pulled algae and what we’re trying to look for is something called clinging jellyfish,’ Elias Chalet, a biology major at the school, explained to CBS New York. ‘The reason we’re trying to look for it is because they have a very lethal toxin.’
Professor Paul Bologna of Montclair State (pictured) and the students are working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to determine the location of the jellyfish
Bologna and the students are working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to determine where the jellyfish are most populated.
The educator – known in some circles as ‘professor jellyfish’ – hopes to use the information to relay to vacationers where to swim during the holiday and hence forth.
He stated: ‘They carry these paralysis toxins that cause your muscles to tense up. They use those to catch fish so the fish don’t run away, but it also causes intense pain.’