We’ve got a jellyfish jamboree in North Carolina! A large group of jellyfish has washed up on Ocracoke Island according to an Instagram post by the Cape Hatteras National Parks Service. They are Cannonball Jellyfish that feed on Zooplankton and Red Drum larvae. The jellyfish appeared on the North end of Ocracoke. The jellyfish are harmless and won’t typically sting humans. The National Parks Service still recommends not handling the animals. In their post, they say that “they will be left on shore to let nature take its course. Some may wash back out with the tide or become food for other living things on the Seashore like birds or crabs.”
The jellyfish do not swim, instead, they float, propelled by winds and currents. Most likely their washing up on shore is due to colder temperatures, winds, and currents. Have you ever encountered jellyfish in North Carolina?