Clinging Jellyfish

photo of clinging jellyfish

The dime-sized clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus vertens) were spotted at the Jersey shore in 2016. Previously unreported in New Jersey, they may be new invaders here, or just not noticed until now due to relatively low population numbers. This highly venomous species packs a powerful and painful sting that can have serious health consequences.  Learn more >

Sea Nettles

photo of sea nettle Chrysaora fuscescens

Bay nettles (Chrysaora chesapeakei), a type of stinging jellyfish, are present in the waters of Barnegat Bay and other coastal waterways of New Jersey. The adult bay nettle is bell-shaped and pale white and often has reddish markings along the surface. It has long thin tentacles.  Learn more >