PACIFICA (KPIX 5) — Hundreds of jellyfish have washed up onto the shore of a popular Peninsula beach.
Beachgoers at Pacifica’s Linda Mar Beach discovered the moon jellies scattered all over the sand over the Memorial Day weekend.READ MORE: UPDATE: SF Restaurant Apologizes for Denying Service to Armed, On-Duty Police Officers
Most of them have dried out since then. Some beachgoers say they’ve seen more jellyfish in the water recently.READ MORE: Fauci: Early Reports on Omicron Variant Encouraging
“It’s strange but a little scary,” said local surfer Ari Simon. “Touched a bunch of them. Doesn’t seem to bother me.”
In 2014, thousands of jellyfish-like creatures, commonly known as by-the-wind sailors, blew onto Pacifica beaches.MORE NEWS: Deflected Pass Deflates 49ers in Final Seconds of Epic Battle in Seattle
Jellyfish have also washed up on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach in 2010 and 2004. A National Park Service spokesman said the 2010 incident was likely due to a combination of a large swell and an increase in the species’ population in the area.