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Sea Nettles

Since we were discussing sea nettles in another post, thought I'd share this article. Had some pretty useful information.

Look Out South County Water Lovers?NOAA Says Sea Nettle Surge Is Likely | South River Source

Sounds like the nettles like water with lower salinity, so the recent rainy weather has probably increased their numbers.
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Re: Sea Nettles

I'm on the lower Potomac and seems to me, the number of nettles we've been seeing in recent years is just a small fraction of what we use to see when I was a kid. I'm 60 now.
Up in the creeks, they were so thick, their tentacles would get entwined and it wasn't unusual to see 20-30 of them tangled up into one massive ball. In fact, we would see a lot of that, not just a few here and there. I haven't seen one of those in years.
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Re: Sea Nettles

Odd, I had always thought nettles liked the salty water? Then can someone explain why we don't see them more in the Northern bay? Is due to current? Maybe the cant get that far up the bay before it gets to cold? Where do they all go anyway? So many questions
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Re: Sea Nettles

Chuck, maybe we have found one positive to the bays poor health, even nettles cant survive!?
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Re: Sea Nettles

I didn't see many last week but the ones I saw were huge!!
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Look at the percentage in the data from the buoys...Potomac 86%, Annapolis 9%, Patapsco .6%
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Re: Sea Nettles

I first saw them on the Wye River a month ago. And I was stung on my legs and arm while diving on my propeller in Herring Bay a couple of weeks ago and I didn't even see any of the little suckers!
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No nettles up the Chester River..yet!
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Re: Sea Nettles

Oddly I have seen a bunch in Castle Harbor marina on the Chester, but none up at the Corsica and none in Annapolis.
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I've seen them in Back Creek, Severn as far up as College Creek and in Spa creek.
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