A large number of oceanic jellyfish-like organisms that washed ashore on South Padre Island alarmed beach-goers over the weekend, but the blue button jellyfish pose no significant threat to humans.
“I used to go to Port Aransas and I used to go to Padre for year and I’ve never seen anything like the little circles, ever. Of course I’ve seen jellyfish and sea weed but never anything like that,” said a tourist from Temple, Texas.
This was the case over the weekend on South Padre Island. According to employees of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the organism is actually not a true jellyfish but a hydroid colony of polyps.
The blue tentacle like strands are individual organisms attached to the float, that’s the whitish, circular part in the middle.
TPWD employees said there is relatively little risk from with the sea creatures. The organism doesn’t actually sting like a jellyfish, but can cause slight irritation in some people if it comes in contact with skin.