More than 100 people have complained of being stung in the last week, Dewey Beach patrol Cpt. Todd Fritchman said. In Rehoboth Beach, 120 people have been stung compared to the normal amount of 30 each week, according to Cpt. Kent Buckson.
Normally, beach officials see a spike in mid-to-late July. But Dewey lifeguard Chris Muscara says the warmer waters are bringing the jellyfish into swimming areas earlier this year. Ocean currents have likely changed, too, which is moving jellyfish into swimming areas, Fritchman said.
And the increase in stings isn't part of a wider pattern but is simply a seasonal change, Delaware Sea Grant official Joe Farrell said.