COLUMBIA, PA – 40 people were sent to area hospitals this weekend after being stung by jellyfish in the Susquehanna River.
Hundreds of area residents sought relief from the oppressive heat this weekend only to experience painful stings from jellyfish.
“We was just swimming when something stung me on the leg” explained Chris Fisher of Marietta.
According to POL wildlife biologist and expert Earl Sneed jellyfish in the Susquehanna are uncommon but not unheard of. “Jellyfish come up from the Chesapeake Bay when there is a long string of extremely hot days.” said Sneed.
Though painful, the jellyfish stings are only dangerous to small children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
Swimmers are encouraged to stay out of the river during the jellyfish swarm.
Sneed offered a final warning, “If the heat doesn’t get you, the jellyfish will.”