Jellyfish Stings 100+ at NH Beach

Great White it's not, but huge critter wreaks havoc
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2010 9:31 AM CDT
In this May 26 photo, a jellyfish with its translucent body and many short, fringe-like, white tentacles, makes its way in the ocean near Three Islands, off of Harpswell, Maine.   (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

(Newser) – A jellyfish the size of a trash can lid raised a posthumous ruckus yesterday, stinging up to 150 at a New Hampshire beach and sending five of those to the hospital. Beach officials had apparently tried to remove its carcass earlier, causing it to break up into pieces that floated through the water stinging swimmers. Officials responding to the scene found a pavilion and beach packed with children crying "like they had been stung by a bee," says a firefighter.

“They do have an awful lot of tentacles,’’ one Boston jellyfish expert tells the Globe. “It can be fairly painful, especially if you’re sensitive the way people are sensitive to other stings.’’ (Read more jellyfish stories.)

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