Scary Video Shows Thousands Of Bees Swarm Beachgoers
Sunbathers were joined by a massive swarm of bees on Tuesday, when thousands of the insects took over a New Jersey beach.
After terrorising startled beachgoers they all decided to congregate on a towel which was hanging on the back of a chair.
The bizarre scene unfolded at about 3pm Steger beach in Cape May, with someone stopping to bravely take a video of the huge swarm.
Beachgoer and eyewitness Maureen Siman watched the whole thing unfold.
Speaking to local news outlet Courier Post, she said: "We were just talking, relaxing, when literally out of nowhere we were surrounded by thousands of bees.
"The hum from the buzzing was insanely loud."
After a few minutes they landed on a red towel, Siman recalled.
She said: "I actually thought I was looking at a brown and red beach towel when my husband said, 'No, those are bees.'"
The woman, who was at the beach with her family and some friends, said that she called a honey bee farm to ask for advice on what to do and she was told that the behaviour is normal when they are looking for a new home.
And while she was advised to leave them alone, with them likely to move on soon, another visitor on the beach knew a beekeeper and got in touch for help.
She explained: "About 45 (minutes) later, the beekeeper arrived and professionally and calmly removed the bees."
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The other visitor, Dean Bloemer, has retired and lives in the area.
He got in touch with local beekeeper, Allen Brown.
He came and took the bees in a cardboard box, calmly collecting them up within 15 minutes, with lifeguards making sure the public kept away.
Bloemer said that he was told by the beekeeper that the bees were most likely following a queen.
The bees were not aggressive due to being full of honey, and according to Bloemer they would be taken to local empty hives.
Brown told NBC10 News that some of the bees were still straggling on the beach and that they would probably go back there occasionally.
Ina Brown, a Cape May resident, had a bit of an apocalyptic take on the whole thing.
Speaking to the news outlet, she said: "It was like you thought the locusts were coming, except they were bees."
She went on to add: "It was one of those odd moments in time of 2020, that you experience probably only once in your life."
Featured Image Credit: Dean Bloemer