Florida Invasion of the Jellyfish
In all my years of beaching it in northern Volusia county, I’ve never seen an invasion of jellyfish, also known as sea jellies, quite like what filled the surf and littered the beach shoreline in Ormond on Saturday.
Looking like glass medallions twinkling in the afternoon sun, the jellies stretched by the thousands in northern Volusia, up to Ormond-By-The-Sea. More than 2,000 visitors countywide reported being stung according to Volusia County Beach Patrol.
Most of the jellies I observed were the common Sea Nettle, with an occassional Cannonball jellyfish. It’s the second consecutive holiday weekend in Florida that we’ve faced a jellyfish incursion; Memorial Day weekend saw a rare, massive influx of thousands of Mauve Stinger jellyfish, a non-indigenous, stinging purple variety, covering beaches in Brevard county.
The arrival of the Fourth of July weekend jellyfish invasion is being blamed on strong, onshore winds and favorable currents.
From 2006: “Everything in the seas are going to either wash ashore or create the largest cesspool of dead carcasses in the history of creation; thanks to drilling for oil and the dumping of toxic waste including nerve gas, the seas require a miracle to bring future life back to them; and just as it occurred back in Noah’s postflood era, Yahweh’s angels replanted and brought back much of what was lost at that global flood; this time the seas themselves will not be spared; great whales and every sort of sea life will soon be floating on the oceans with the stench rising to the heavens; people will be committing suicide in mass when they realize that this planet is beyond Mankind’s help; no science they have developed can halt nor rectify what is just ahead.“