The water temperature down at the beach in Connecticut is at its warmest in July, and my family enjoys the smell of the salt air and dipping our toes in the salty brine. The experience of watching my grandchildren build sandcastles and make Mush Gook doesn’t come without a price, as July is Jellyfish season and those gelatinous creatures frequently are what lurks beneath the waves that come crashing ashore.
What Lurks Beneath the Sea
The jellyfish have some pretty long tentacles, and produce an unpleasant burn and stinging sensation. When we go camping at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, Connecticut we bring along a spray bottle of vinegar as an antidote to sooth the pain if anyone gets stung.
Sometimes kids will scoop the jellyfish up in a sand pail and bury them in the sand for unsuspecting beach walkers to come along and step on. Not Cool.
As much as we try, I don’t think we’re going to turn my lake-lovin’ charming son-in-law from Vermont into a flatlander anytime soon!
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