About Jellyfish

Meet the stinging Sea Nettle jellyfish, the inspiration for our Nettle Net BOAT POOLS.   Chances are, if you spend time on, in or around the estuarial waters of the Eastern United States, you know about them.  They keep us on our boats, docks and beaches, and out of the water all summer. The culprits, of course, are the tentacles that can reach three feet in length. They are studded with thousands of tiny, barbed stingers that inject a poison that is quite painful for most people. A single surprise physical encounter with a stinging Sea Nettle jellyfish is all it takes to learn a startling lesson.

These jellyfish range from Long Island Sound down the Atlantic Coast and around the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Texas Coast. They abound in coastal estuaries like the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia, Barnegat Bay in New Jersey and the Maryland and Deleware coastal bays, and Albermarle and Pamlico Sounds in North Carolina. In many of these locations, as soon as the waters warm enough to swim in, the Sea Nettles arrive. 
Worldwide, jellyfish populations are increasing due to global warming and other environmental factors.  Our Boat Pools have been proven effective with the Sea Nettles and Moon Jellyfish in the Chesapeake Bay region for more than 30 years.  Customers outside this geographic region have used our pools to defend against other types of non-toxic but annoying jellyfish.  However, please note that these pools should note be used as protection against highly toxic jellyfish, often found in tropical waters, such as Box Jellyfish or Irukandji jellyfish, or against Portuguese Man O' Wars whose stingers can penetrate impermeable barriers.  In addition, we do not recommend Boat Pools as protection for people who could have severe allergic reactions to jellyfish stings.