Currents steering sea nettles our way, Sarasota Herald Tribune, October 20, 2010:
In Sarasota Bay and some waters offshore, sea nettles are causing pain.
Driven by ocean currents, the jellyfish with the long stinging tentacles have been spotted from Fort Myers to St. Petersburg Beach. ...
But in an interesting abnormality, sea nettles were practically absent this summer in the northern Gulf of Mexico, where they are a near yearly nuisance for beachgoers.
"You guys got the sea nettles that we were supposed to get," said Monty Graham, a biological oceanographer who focuses his research on jellyfish at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Louisiana. "What it looks like happened this year, for whatever reason the current went in an odd direction and moved the nettles south."
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