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Hundreds of box jellyfish invade Ala Moana, Waikiki

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The first box jellyfish invasion of the new year has turned out to be a big one.

Warning signs were posted Sunday at Ala Moana and Waikiki beaches, where according to emergency services personnel, 897 jellyfish were counted as of 3 p.m. Sunday. There were also 85 stings reported, mostly in the Waikiki area.

Box jellyfish usually show up at Oahu beaches nine or ten days after the full moon. They can usually be found at Ala Moana and Waikiki, but sometimes show up at Leeward Oahu beaches and Hanauma Bay.

Jellyfish are expected again Monday but should decrease by Tuesday. Swimmers should look for warning signs and check with lifeguards before going in.

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