Lifeguards are warning swimmers along the Grand Strand to keep out of the ocean amid reports of jellyfish in the water. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement for a second consecutive day.
The NWS said it issued the statement Monday because “lifeguards at Myrtle Beach are reporting numerous jellyfish near shore and are advising beach goes to stay out of the water.” The warning is in effect until 8 p.m., Monday. The agency had issued a similar warning on Sunday.
The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officer was stung by a jellyfish in the region. “The extreme heat has brought the jellies up from Florida and they’re prowling the waters on the coast,” DNR posted on its Facebook page.
National Weather Service forecasters issue beach hazards statements for a wide variety of ocean threats, from potentially dangerous animals to rip currents.