Beach Flag Warning Signs and Jellyfish Found Along Destin, Florida's Beaches

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Beach Flag Wanings Jellyfish Found

Be sure to look for the colored beach flag warning signs and jellyfish in Destin, Florida. The flags that fly on the beaches of Destin, Florida and Santa Rosa, Fl and along the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast are hung for the safety of everyone enjoying the pristine white beaches and emerald green waters.

The flags are there to inform visitors and warn them of the swimming conditions that could potentially be dangerous.

Destin, Florida Beach Warning Flags

Green flags indicate that the water is safe.
Yellow shows the need to stay close to shore and be cautious.,
Purple means that marine pests are present such as jellyfish know for their poisonous stinging.
Double red flags signify that there is absolutely no swimming allowed due to high winds and
undertow currents.
Take the warning of these flags very seriously.

If you see purple flags be sure to keep a sharp lookout for the following types of jellyfish.
Types of Jelly Fish found along the Florida Panhandle are as follows:

Cannonball Jellyfish
These are the most common type found in the Gulf of Mexico. Cannonball jellyfish are relatively harmless unless encountered in large numbers. They are characterized by a round, rigid bell and reddish-brown pattern, tennis- to soccer-ball size.
Moon Jellyfish. Don't let this beautiful sea creature fool you. Picture below.
Surfers fear these the most---30 minutes or so of burning and itching await the unlucky swimmer who runs into a moon jellyfish. They are usually clear or white-tinted, with a pinkish cloverleaf pattern in the center, 3 to 20 inches across.
Sea Nettle Sea nettles have a slightly darker brown body compared with moon jellyfish, with more tentacles hanging underneath, and are usually 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Their sting is also more painful, with itching possibly lasting for several weeks.
Portuguese Man O' War
More rare, but deadly, the Portuguese man o' war is easy to spot---and avoid---due to the purple or blue air-filled sacs that float above them in the water, one to 12 or more inches across, although the tentacles are very long.
Even dead and washed up on the shore, this jellyfish can still sting and poison, so never touch it.
Jellyfish increase with availability of their prey, as well as seasonally, numbers rising with the temperature. Highest numbers near shore are usually June through August.
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Remember the beach flag warning signs and jellyfish in Destin, Florida.

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Lana Stansbury is an experienced realtor selling homes for sale in Destin Florida as well as condominiums for sale in the Destin, Florida area. She also represents homes for sale in Santa Rosa, Florida. The Florida panhandle known as the 30a corridor has been voted for having the most beautiful beaches in the world with emerald green waters and pristine white beaches. Lana has over 18 years experience selling real estate property to investors and individuals along the 30a corridor. She is a resident of Santa Rosa, Florida where she has resided for over 20 years. Looking for a four bedroom, three bath home for sale in Destin, Florida or a four bedroom, three bath home for sale in Santa Rosa, Florida or a larger property for sale in the 30a Corridor call Lana Stansbury now at 850-496-2968 or email at

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Lisa Bear (RE/MAX REALTY CENTER) Waukesha,MilwWI Real Estate 2628935555
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This is great information ofr when snowbirds visit!  Can't wait to be there!

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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
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I see cannonball jellyfish washed to the shore all the time, but I have also seen Portugese Man O' War

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