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160 stung by jellyfish at San Diego-area beaches

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County beachgoers had some unhappy close encounters with jellyfish this weekend.

U-T San Diego says lifeguards recorded 160 people were stung Sunday at Torrey Pines State Beach and six beaches in Leucadia and Encinitas.

No one was hospitalized.

Experts say jellyfish follow their food source, which is plankton, and move closer to shore during the summer. Some are broken up by currents but their tentacles still can carry a sting.

Authorities say diluted vinegar can be used to treat a sting, which usually disappears in an hour or so.


Information from: U-T San Diego


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