LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo., -- Taylor Kelley was swimming off her family's dock at Lake of the Ozarks on Sunday when she saw something in the water. "At first, I was thinking, like, somebody had, like littered, and there was plastic floating in the water," she said. "And then, when we noticed there was a couple, we were like, well, what is that?" It turns out it was a freshwater jellyfish.
Taylor's brother Elijah couldn't believe his eyes. "It was a clear jellyfish, about the size of a quarter, and I was like, that's not real. It's a jellyfish in the lake," explained Elijah Kelley.
When Taylor and her brother told their father, he thought they were making it up. "I've lived here all my life, and I've never seen a freshwater jellyfish and, by golly, they had a few. They caught three of them," said Brian Kelley.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the freshwater jellyfish is native to China; however, it currently lives in 44 states. Scientists aren't sure what environmental impact it has, but say it poses no threat to humans.