If you are planning to spend your next vacation on the shores of Southern California this summer, be careful, because giant killer sharks are not the only dangers you'll face out there.
California lifeguards have seen a noteworthy increase in the number of jellyfish stings on the ocean side in the month of July. According to reports, more than 135 people were stung by jellyfish in a single day in Encinitas.
The increase in the number of Black Sea Nettle and Purple Stripe Jellyfish in the San Diego area are due to the warmer waters of southern currents, officials have said.
In December 2010, a giant Black Sea Nettle jellyfish first appeared along the California coastline. It's appearance opened the debate about the origin of the creature and questions of where it came from. Black jellyfish can grow up to 3-feet wide with trailing tentacles that are 30-feet long.
Recently, a group of beach goers encountered sticky black tarballs at Laguna Beach. These creatures are actually quite common in Southern California due to natural oil seeps.
Tarballs look like small, black toasted marshmallows and are quite sticky as well. It is advised to apply ice cubes if you ever step on a tarball. Rub the ice cubes until it gets hardened and then the tarball can be easily scraped off.