SWAMPSCOTT, MASS. (WHDH) – A Swampscott boy was in for a stinging shock this weekend when he got here face-to-face with one of many world’s largest species of jellyfish.
4-year-old River Weinand described the scary second he was stung by the Lion’s Mane jellyfish whereas swimming in Swampscott’s Eisman’s seaside over the weekend.
“It’s like a tree bit me,” River mentioned.
“They had been perhaps yay lengthy and draped over his shoulders, on his again, on his ear, on his chin and neck. And so I instantly began grabbing it off,” his dad Nick Weinand mentioned.
Specialists say one of these jellyfish isn’t any stranger to the New England coast, however this 12 months, it appears, they’re in all places.
“Personally I don’t ever bear in mind seeing fairly so many directly,” Steve Spina, Assitant Curator of Fishes, on the New England Aquarium mentioned.
Whereas the one which stung River was not more than a foot or two in diameter, they’ll develop to be bigger than a human.
“Tentacles have been measured so long as 120 ft,” Spina mentioned. “I assume the largest drawback is individuals get a number of stings, it will possibly actually be disagreeable.
The stings usually are not lethal.
“An hour later you can nonetheless see it, it was like he had gotten whipped slightly bit or one thing like that,” Weinand mentioned of River’s stings.
The household mentioned they had been capable of save the day with a bottle of vinegar and a spiderman popsicle.
Dad mentioned, “we poured vinegar on him and I held him and we each smelled like vinegar and rapidly went right down to the seaside.”
River’s ache lasted about 40 minutes however his dad and mom say it is not going to be sufficient to maintain him away from the ocean.
“So long as you’re cautious and the water’s clear sufficient… we’ll be on the market,” Weinand mentioned.
Lifeguards at the moment are being equipped with vinegar to allow them to assist beachgoers sooner or later.
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