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Posts Tagged ‘South Florida jellyfish’

Watch Out for Jellyfish Stings! Cocoa Beach, Florida

Posted by Jody on September 16, 2011

Yikes!  Question: When could you possibly need 20 gallons of vinegar at the beach?  Answer: When you have thousands of jellyfish stings to thousands of beachgoers in just a few days! Vinegar is a key ingredient in the treatment of jellyfish stings.  Florida’s Brevard Ocean Rescue team has been very busy treating vacationers (and themselves) for these irritating stings at Cocoa Beach, Florida this week.

According to a story at Central Florida News 13:“Sea Lice” — a nickname for jellyfish larva — are also taking a toll on those swimming in the water. Combine that with the hundreds of adult jellyfish stings, and it’s putting a sting into some peoples’ beach day.

Moon Jellyfish (Photo by Yosemite, from Wikimedia Commons)

First aid for jellyfish stings from Brevard County Ocean Lifeguards website:

Rinse the wound with sea water. DO NOT use fresh water.
Deactivate the remaining cells with vinegar over a 30 minute period.
Remove any remaining tentacles with forceps or a gloved hand. DO NOT rub the area. Anticipate anaphylactic reactions, call 911 if necessary.

So, avoid those jellyfish stings, stay safe to have a great day at the beach!

Click here to read the entire story of the Cocoa Beach jellyfish invasion.

UPDATE 9/25/2011: PALM BEACH, FL. More jellyfish stings! (STORY: WPTV.com- News Channel 5) “Lifeguards up and down the coast have pulled out their purple flags warning people that jellyfish are back and they could sting you.”

UPDATE 11/27/2011: Can Jellyfish Mean Good News? Sea Turtle Update

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Purple Flags are Flying. It’s “Jellyfish Season” in South Florida.

Posted by Jody on August 17, 2011

Purple warning flags are flying  from the Treasure Coast to the Florida Keys. It’s the unofficial start of “jellyfish season” in South Florida.

“Lifeguards stationed on beaches from the Treasure Coast to the Keys have been waving purple flags since Saturday, a warning to beachgoers about the bubbly purplish creatures that can ruin a day in the sun with their toxic tentacles” according to a story by Kathy Laskowsi and Ihosvani Rodriguez at MiamiHerald.com. Lifeguards in Deerfield Beach reportedly treated an average of 300 – 400 jellyfish stings per day over the weekend.  At Hollywood beach the numbers of moon jellyfish appear to be way up over recent years.

Adult Moon Jelly, Aurelia aurita (Photo by Dante Alighieri, from Wikimedia Commons)

These tips for the treatment of a jellyfish sting are taken from the Brevard County (Florida) Fire Rescue/Ocean Lifeguard Swim Safety website page:

“Rinse the wound with sea water. DO NOT use fresh water.
Deactivate the remaining cells with vinegar over a 30 minute period.
Remove any remaining tentacles with forceps or a gloved hand. DO NOT rub the area. Anticipate anaphylactic reactions, call 911 if necessary.”

For your safety: It’s important to follow all lifeguard directions and heed warning flags.  Beach warning flags fly from lifeguard towers and at other points on the beach. The purple flag flying at Florida beaches indicates that “Dangerous Marine Life” is present in the water. This color flag is flown to indicate the presence of sharks, jellyfish or sting rays. Remember, the absence of flags does not necessarily indicate or assure safe water conditions.

Pay attention when purple flags are flying on Florida’s beaches! & Have a safe day at the beach! -J-

UPDATE: 11/272011 Can Jellyfish Mean Good News? Sea Turtle Update.

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