Swimming with the Jellyfish

Swimming with the Jellyfish

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

One by one, Carol Bulmer and her boys are snatching jellyfish out of gulf waters. "My children are catching them and putting them in the buckets then, I haven't decide what their destiny will be."

Two buckets full so far and no stings. "This is our first day. I don't want to say not yet because I don't want to jinx us but no we haven't."

They are luckier than Arkansas's Christa Jackson. "Anytime we got in we pretty much got stung. I got stung four times and I know my brothers they got stung every time they got in."

The annual migration of jellyfish along this part of the gulf coast is here.

"Unfortunately they usually come in around the fourth of July," says Gulf Shores lifeguard Scott Smothers.

And it can be pretty painful, according to Jackson. "It burns mainly. Just itches, irritating, burning, itch pain but nothing like, it doesn't make you cry or anything."

It does, however, help you get creative when looking for a cure. "Well, we poured beer on it," says Jackson.

"I don't want to say that on camera," says Bulmer.

The real cure according to Smothers, "We use half and half ammonia and vinegar and add a little seawater and spray on there."

The best advice, avoid them if you can and know what to do if you can't.

It really depends on where you are as to how many jellyfish you'll see or come in contact with.

Experts tell us they are heavier concentrations of them early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

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