TYBEE ISLAND (AP) — Authorities are warning swimmers on the Georgia coast to beware of jellyfish stings after 305 people were stung Wednesday on Tybee Island, near Savannah.
The Savannah Morning News reports that 1,790 attacks on Tybee Island have been reported so far this month. That includes 894 people stung by jellyfish during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Officials say they suspect warmer water this year has brought out jellyfish a couple of weeks earlier than normal.
Lt. Jonathan Thomas of Tybee Island Ocean Rescue says he’s seen the highest concentration of attacks toward the south end of the beach, a more populous area home to the pier and pavilion.
Sharks tagged in Mass. traveled to Ga.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts scientists say a great white shark they’ve been tracking by satellite since last summer travelled to Georgia, while another journeyed to the Gulf of Mexico.
Last summer, scientists with the state Division of Marine Fisheries placed electronic tracking tags on five of the elusive animals. Before 2009, no great whites had ever been tagged in the Atlantic.
This year, the tags showed one shark about 200 miles off the Georgia coast in April, while the other shark was off northern Florida in December.
The data indicate the sharks are most common on the continental shelf between Massachusetts and New Jersey in summer and off Florida’s east coast in winter.