Jellyfish Invasion: 61 Stung Off Famous Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

HONOLULU, Sept. 16 (UPI) — Lifeguards at Hawaii’s famed Waikiki beach say they treated more than 60 tourists this week for stings during the monthly influx of jellyfish.

Box jellyfish drift into the shallows of Oahu’s South Shore about 10 days before the full moon and regularly sting swimmers who venture into the inviting Pacific despite warning signs.

Lifeguards told KHNL-TV, Honolulu, they used spray bottles of vinegar to sooth the welts of 61 swimmers on Monday.

KHNL said Wednesday the stings may have hurt but they weren’t about to keep the some of the victims out of the water.

“Who cares about the jellyfish?” said Canadian Mila Golijanin as she headed back into the sea.

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