LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 22: Pacific Sea nettle jellyfish are displayed at the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on October 22, 2013 in Las Vegas Nevada.

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?

North Carolina Beach One Of 11 US Beaches To Add To Your Bucket List

With beaches up and down both coasts, the United States is full of wonderful beaches. The extensive coastlines give us beaches with a wide variety of landscapes, scenery, culture, and climate each unique in its own way. And while it can be easy to think of that dream beach vacation as somewhere in a far-off land, it may be a lot closer than you think. While there are stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Europe, and (my dream vacation) the South Pacific there are some incredible places to explore in the US. So before you finish your beach bucket list you may want to rethink it.

The United States’ 95,471 miles of coastline is brimming with sun, sand, and sea. This coastline offers breathtaking beaches for relaxation, adventure, or both. From quaint seaside towns to beaches bustling with shopping, dining, and entertaining attractions, and oceanfront parks that will leave you immersed in nature. The following list of the top US beaches features both coasts, north and south, and one island state. Yeah, you know the one. But the coolest part? It includes a North Carolina spot as well. Pretty awesome to see our state shouted out on a national stage for its beaches! Is that one on your beach bucket list? Glad our country has somewhere special for every kind of beach bum.

This list comes from TheTravel.com  and is titled “11 Top Beaches In The U.S. To Add To Your Bucket List”. And now I will be planning a trip for next weekend!