Hunting Island, like all beaches, do have jellyfish. Most jellyfish in our waters do not produce serious stings. Jellyfish found washed up on the beach can still sting. Contact should be avoided.
Cannonball jelly (very common)
This is the most common jellyfish found washed up on the beach.
It does not have tentacles but can produce a very mild sting.
Moon Jellyfish (not common)
This is the most recognized jellyfish, is relatively infrequent in area waters. Its sting can produce a mild burning or prickly sensation.
Lion’s Mane (common in winter months)
Usually common during colder months of the year. Its sting can produce a mild to moderate burning pain at the contact point.
Sea Nettle (moderately common in summer season)
Believed to be responsible for most of the jellyfish stings that occur in area waters. Tentacles can be several feet long and can produce moderate to considerable pain around contact point.
Sea Wasp & Portuguese Man-of-War (rare to extremely rare)
The Sea Wasp, also called the box jelly, is the most venomous & painful of jellyfish normally inhabiting our waters. The Portuguese Man-of-War is extremely rare in our waters, but can occasionally be blown in from the Gulf stream. Highly venomous tentacles can reach 30-60 feet in length. Both species can produce severe pain.
Stay out of the water if either species are observed in the area.