Memorial Day marks start of monthly jellyfish influx

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Hawaii’s monthly jellyfish invasion hit the south shores Monday.

Dr. Angel Yanagihara of the University of Hawaii reported Tuesday morning that the final count of box jellyfish gathered was 746.

Warning signs were posted in Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Pokai Bay in West Oahu.

Lifeguards reported 210 jellyfish sightings and 98 stings in Waikiki.

In Ala Moana, none were spotted though two people were stung, ocean safety officials said. Over in Pokai Bay, 10 jellyfish were spotted and four were stung.

Despite the signs and the risk, the ocean was still packed with people.

“Seeing the jellyfish signs, at first I didn’t know if I wanted to go out there and swim in there, but the reality is that, that’s part of their habitat and they’re inviting us to play in their habitat,” said David Jones, who is visiting from Colorado. “I’ve been stung by a jellyfish once or twice. It’s not that bad. It’s not that much fun, but I would let my children play out there today.”

Jellyfish come ashore eight to 10 days after a full moon, and may still linger Tuesday and Wednesday.

It’s always best to check with lifeguards before you enter the water.

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