| News From Baker's Marina Group|
Fri July 22, 2016, 3:39 pm
by Karen Mount
According to Joe Bilinski who happens to be an expert on jellyfish, the clinging jellyfish are the new evasive species this summer. Measuring typically a dime to a quarter in size and boasting an "X" shape on their bell or back, these jellies can be found in shallow coastal and rivering systems.
They got their "common name" because they have pads on the tip of their tenicales which enables them to easily stick to sea grass. Thus clinging.
They enjoy low velocity, low flow and brackish water.
Clingers weren't meant to be swimmers so their abundance would be in the low velocity areas where they are more likely to adhere to the sea grass that they enjoy so much.
So if your planning on playing out in the ocean, you shouldn't worry that you would run into them.
Just think, these little creatures originated from the Sea of Japan. Wow what a trip! Scientists think they could have arrived from oyster research or possibly on the bottom of ships hanging around the foul like barnacles and such. They have been known to be in Massachusetts area since 1894 but this season is the first reported for New Jersey.
Favoring the Shrewsbury where they are mostly sighted with one sighting coming from Manasquan, these little clingers are under a 30 day study.
Artificial sea grass has been set out in statigic places to see where they are with bait for adults to see if they will cling.
These guys shy away from the sun and normanlly come out at night, however, you would have to physically walk through a sea grass bed to disturb them so they would release.
If you do wind up having a physical encounter, the reaction is extremely painful with intense burning and muscle cramping for anywhere from a few hours to a few days. AGONY.
People - if you need to walk through the sea grass for whatever reason, please, please wear waiders. Be safe.
For more information on clinging jellyfish visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/docs/clinging-jellyfish.pdf and http://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=b675e280405540a1b212d63be734345b on the NJDEP website.