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Officials Issue Warning For Clinging Jellyfish In New Jersey

CBS features Dr. Paul Bologna, Director of the Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences Program, as the clinging jellyfish issue continues in NJ waters.

Posted in: Marine Biology, Our Research

The clinging jellyfish was first confirmed in New Jersey in 2016 in the Manasquan River at the Point Pleasant Canal. The DEP has been working with Montclair State University in studying the possible distribution of clinging jellyfish in New Jersey.

Montclair researchers this week confirmed the presence of about 15 clinging jellyfish of varying sizes off a private dock in the Metedeconk. Genetic testing is being conducted for final verification.

We don’t know how long they’ve been here. They might have been here for decades and nobody’s actually seen them. They’re very, very small – size of a dime, size of a quarter is about as big as they get – but they’ll put you in the hospital.

Dr. Paul Bologna, director of marine biology

Read more and watch the segment on the CBS website.