57 stung in jellyfish
invasion of south coast

Star-Bulletin staff

An estimated 2,300 box jellyfish invaded waters off Waikiki and Ala Moana yesterday, stinging 57 swimmers.

The monthly influx of box jellyfish in the waters off Waikiki and Ala Moana usually peaks at 300 to 400 box jellyfish on the ninth and 10th days after a full moon, according to an Ocean Safety official.

Lifeguards are warning swimmers today, on the 10th day after the full moon, to expect similar box jellyfish numbers.

Signs were posted yesterday at Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches to warn swimmers of the jellyfish. But because the influx fell on a weekend, more swimmers are on affected beaches, lifeguards said.

Box jellyfish were also reported at Pokai Bay, Maili Beach, Makaha Beach and Nanakuli Beach.

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