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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:57 a.m., Thursday, August 17, 2006

Jellyfish 'minimal' today, but more expected tomorrow

Advertiser Staff

A box jellyfish advisory issued for today resulted in a "minimal" number of jellyfish this morning, but beach-goers should still be prepared for a potential invasion tomorrow.

"This morning, there wasn't much at all," said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city's Ocean Safety Division. "It's very minimal compared to last month. But tomorrow you could get a drastic change."

The most commonly affected area is Waikiki Beach, especially the "pond" areas ewa of the Kapahulu groin.

Other places that might have the stinging ocean creatures include Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha Surfing Beach and Waimea Bay.

The Ocean Safety Division said those who are allergic or do not wish to be stung should avoid the possibility by staying out of the water.