Jellyfish scares prompt new warning for beachgoers

Experts share safety tips after more than 1,200 beachgoers in Florida were stung by jellyfish in a single week.
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cover story, a warning before you hit the beach this summer. More than a thousand swimmers stung by jellyfish in Florida this week alone. ABC's gio Benitez is at the beach in Asbury park, New Jersey with more. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, Michael, good morning. Listen, jellyfish can really sneak up on you, right? When they do, it can hurt so this morning, we are taking a deep dive into this issue as you hit the beach this weekend. It's the perfect summer day. Sun, surf and jellyfish? Well, this is what people in Florida are waking up to, slimy stinging jellyfish swarming their beaches. I was just swimming and as soon as I got out I had a burning sensation in my neck. Reporter: 28-year-old Tonya's leg swelling and red. Most painful thing I've ever felt. Reporter: Two of more than 1200 Florida beachgoers stung by a jellyfish just this week. Those purple flags flying warning of dangerous marine life, even the lifeguards aren't immune. This week I've been stung a few times. If you absolutely do not want to get stung don't go in the ocean right now here in volusia county. Reporter: Captain tamramalfours say it's the result of a perfect storm of winds and currents. When you go in the water you don't see them at all until you feel the sting. Reporter: An estimated 150 million people are stung by jellyfish every year. Experts say that stinger loaded with venom can strike with an acceleration 100 times that of a bullet and depending on the type of jellyfish, punctures can range from mild to deadly. The likely culprit in Florida, the moon jellyfish, more annoying than lethal and can often be treated on the spot. So how do you stop the burning? You Peed on yourself? Ew! Sorry, Monica. Not like that. Experts say commonly thought remedies like urine, seawater and even ice can actually make it worse. Instead reach for the white vinegar which neutralizes the toxins. We have gallons of it. Probably 100 gallons of it on hand. Reporter: But if you have trouble breathing call 911. So really the best way to spot a bloom of jellyfish is from the sky. We've got a bird's-eye view but let's be honest we're not going to have a drone all over the beach looking for some jellyfish so really when you're out there it's too late because you already have that jellyfish on you. It's already stinging you, so make sure that you're talking to a lifeguard before you get out into that water. Michael, back to you. All right, thank you, gio. That's some great advice. Ginger, I think you're the only person who voluntarily swims with jellyfish. I did this. There were thousands of jellyfish, y'all. We have video from it. This was in Palau and this was not -- this is not what everybody is swimming with in Florida. Those are jellyfish that can't sting because the last time, the ice age, they were separated, they had no people -- none of those people coming after them. They didn't have anything stinging them so they over time lost their ability to sting That's pie kind of jellyfish. My kind of jellyfish. The other sting, the kinding kind not for me. It was like a natural lava lamp and felt like swimming in Jell-O or I imagine what that is like. I'll visualize that. Over to you, Lara. Thank you so much, Michael.

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