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Blue Button Jellies Wash Ashore by the Thousands in Florida

Blue Button Jellyfish, Cocoa Beach, FL 05-27-13 | copyright Guisinger

Blue Button jellyfish on Cocoa Beach over Memorial Day Weekend 2013. Photo courtesy of The Guisingers.

Memorial Day Weekend 2013 brought with it strong, gusty southeasterly winds, so I was expecting to get some reports of jellyfish washing ashore around the state. I got reports from The Guisingers of Blue Buttons (Porpita porpita) coming ashore on Cocoa Beach. They were kind enough to send photos, which I’ve posted here.

I’ve received several reports from the panhandle area. Specifically, Casino Beach in Pensacola, and Perdido Key, near the Florida/Alabama state line. Thousands were reported stranding on Perdido Key beaches. Also getting reports coming in from Panama City Beach, Destin, Sandestin, and Cape Canaveral. As of the first of June, reports are coming in from St. Augustine Beach and Fernandina Beach.

Blue button jellyfish, Cocoa Beach, FL

Blue Button jellyfish on Cocoa Beach. Photo courtesy of The Guisingers.

Have you seen blue buttons on the beach? I’d love to know date and location. You can send a report via my contact form, or you can leave a comment below. Send me pics if you’ve got them. I’d especially like a photo showing a large number of Blue Buttons either in the water or on the beach.

You can see all the Blue Button sightings that have been reported to me. Send me your report (date, location, how many, etc) and I’ll add your sighting to my database.

Blue button jellyfish on Amelia Island, Florida

Betty Barber sent me this photo collage of a few of the Blue Button jellyfish she and her mother found at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, FL.

Blue button jellyfish, Gulf Shores, Alabama

These blue buttons were found on the beach at night in Gulf Shores , Alabama by Terena and Paul Koenig. Photographs by Paul Koenig.


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