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ORANGE BEACH, AL (WKRG) -

Underwater they are beautiful. Moon jellies as big as basketballs floating through their world in what looks like a ballet. Here they are just part of the scenery. Not threatening at all but they are just about everywhere you look.

"I've never seen so many jelly fish in my life I'm terrified of them honestly," says Tamara Gernt a recent transplant from Dothan.

The size alone will intimidate you. They say they won't sting you if you know how to pick them up and they do sting just a little bit just not as bad as some jelly fish.

"Moon jellies are here all the time, it's a normal thing." Gulf State Park naturalist Kelly Reetz will tell you there are a lot more dangerous things in these waters other than jelly fish. "They're pretty much harmless. If you touch there's a very mild sting. It doesn't really hurt that bad."

"I've already been stung by one," says Adam Williams. "It wasn't bad. It was like a mosquito bite almost, a little more painful."

Still you probably don't want to put one on your head.

All sorts of jelly fish move into warmer waters pushed by the currents so chances are you will run into some. If you're not a fan, just give it a couple of days. Just like when they seemed to appear over night, they'll be gone.

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