39. Weekend in August not fun for 400 beach goers stung by jellyfish in Daytona, New Smyrna, Ponce Inlet

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Jellyfish like this were a real pest for those flocking to the beaches in Daytona, New Smyrna and Ponce Inlet in August 2014.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Some 400 swimmers were stung by jellyfish over the weekend of Aug 23-24 at the World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona and extending south to Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna Beach.

Fortunately, lifeguards had plenty of vinegar on hand to treat the stings.

The stings occurred both Saturday and Sunday, according to the Volusia County Lifeguard Corps, which flew purple and yellow "pest" flags to warn swimmers about the presence of jellyfish in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Fortunately, lifeguards had plenty of vinegar on hand to treat the stings. The stings occurred both Saturday and Sunday, according to the Volusia County Lifeguard Corps, which flew purple and yellow "pest" flags to warn swimmers about the presence of jellyfish in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Jellyfish deliver an uncomfortable sting through tiny venomous barbs on their tentacles. The sting often causes burning, itching and swelling around the site of the injury, according to the Mayo Clinic medical website.

It was the second time this month that jellyfish invaded Volusia County beaches during a hot weekend. Two weeks earlier, the pesky sea creatures stung more than 400 swimmers in waters along Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

The jellyfish stings come in at No. 39 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 stories of 2014.

 
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