PALM BEACH, Fla. - Lifeguards up and down the coast have pulled out their purple flags warning people that jellyfish are back and they could sting you.
In Midtown Beach in the Town of Palm Beach, it wasn’t hard to find families enjoying their Sunday.
Steve Sylvester and his two children were enjoying their Sunday. "It's a nice day,” he said. “It was either this or boating. It's a nice calm day so we're hoping to swim and have fun."
But during all the fun, Sylvester keept a watchful eye after he saw a purple flag waving in the wind and a sign warning them that jellyfish have been prevalent on that beach.
"I'm not worried about them. [My kids] can kind of spot them,” Sylvester said. “Elizabeth here is a little afraid of them, but she knows how to get away from them. She can swim faster than them."
Lifeguards say the little ocean creatures have been popping up along beaches up and down the coast.
"It's a little surprising,” Sylvester said. “I've noticed they're actually bigger at least in the Intracoastal. They look like they're just bigger jellyfish."
"Right now we have the moon jellyfish,” a lifeguard said. “We had people get stung yesterday so they're definitely out there."
Those who were stung weren't seriously injured, which is why beachgoers like the Sylvesters are still continued to enjoy their day.
Lifeguards say the best remedy that they are using on victims is vinegar. Scientists have said that the influx of jellyfish popping up could be due to the prevailing winds that have hit our coast.
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