If you've spent any time in the Barnegat Bay this summer, you may have noticed that you're seeing more and more jellyfish in the water.

Just last week my wife and I were catching a sunset in Ocean Gate and during our walk to the Wildwood Avenue pier, we noticed a ton of Jellyfish floating around in the water.

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Over the weekend we were sitting on the dock at B2 Bistro in Bayville and again saw a ton of little jellyfish floating around in the water.

Even my 7-year-old cousin mentioned that she's seen, and I quote,  "a bazillion jellyfish this summer!"

Why Are There So Many Jellyfish In The Barnegat Bay?

Like most things, there are seasons, and according to the NJDEP jellyfish season runs from mid-May through the end of August.

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In the Barnegat Bay, we have a few main types of Jellyfish; Sea Nettle's, Comb Jelly's, and Clinging Jellyfish.

According to Save The Barnegat Bay, sea nettles and clinging jellyfish thrive in waters that are a little more polluted and can give you a nasty sting if you get too close to one.

What To Do If You Get Stung By A Jellyfish

Thanks to the show Friends, you may be like me, and think the solution is urinating on the area where someone got stung.

To save you from a potential future embarrassing situation, that's not the case at all.

According to Save The Barnegat Bay, if you do get stung by a jellyfish there are a few steps you should take.

If you're stung by a sea nettle; wash the area off with seawater and remove any tentacles.

Remove any stingers left on your body and then cover the area in shaving cream, or make a paste out of baking soda and seawater and let it dry.

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Finally, scrape off the past when it dries.

If you're stung by a clinging jellyfish: pour white vinegar on the afflicted area, remove any tentacles or stingers, and then cover it with a hot or cold compress to help alleviate the pain.

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If the pain lasts a prolonged amount of time, you should then seek medical attention.

Jellyfish are just a part of life near the Jersey Shore, but it's always good to know what to do just in case you get a little too close to one someday.

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By the way, if you want to take your dog to the beach this year, here are Jersey's dog-friendly beaches you should check out.

All The NJ Beaches You Can Take Your Pooch To This Summer

According to Shore News Network, these are the best dog-friendly beaches you can visit during the off-season at the Jersey Shore! Please note municipalities may change rules, so always be sure to double-check the town websites before you take your dog out to the beach!

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