Watch your step: jellyfish wash ashore

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(WMBF) – On your next trip to the beach on South Carolina’s Grand Strand, you may want to keep an eye on where you step. Jellyfish are washing up along the beaches.

“They are affected by the wind and currents, and of course if storms pop up and everything, that can kind of bring them in as well,” says Battalion Chief Brian Mitchell with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department Ocean Rescue.

Cannonball jellyfish are the most common species popping up on shores in Myrtle Beach.

“They’re kind of the bigger, chunkier ones you’ll see in the water. They’re typically white or kind of opaque on top and they actually have a dark red, brown, or purple ring around the bottom of them and they have really short or chunky tentacles,” says Stacia White, assistant curator of husbandry for Ripley’s Aquarium.

Still, beachgoers are warned, look but don’t touch. Other jellies you may find are Portuguese Man o’ War and Atlantic Sea Nettles which pack a powerful sting.

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