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Rod Brouhard, EMT  P

Jellyfish are Deadly Beautiful

By July 31, 2013

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There aren't too many creatures out there -- that we humans regularly encounter, anyway -- that can still pack a wallop even when they're dead or dismembered.

Get the tentacles off or you run the risk of more stinging

(c) Erin

Jellyfish are such animals.

These beautiful gelatinous bells float around the sea looking totally serene, just waiting to zap the living daylights out of any unsuspecting prey or swimmer who happens to brush up against them. Worse, when you do get tangled in the tentacles of these translucent trappers, bits and pieces are likely to rip free of the animal and remain stuck to your skin.

Attached to the mothership or not, these bits of the bluebottle (and other species) still keep stinging away. It's a chemical reaction rather than a conscious attack.

Every surfer, lifeguard and beach bum has his or her favorite treatment for jellyfish stings. I'm partial to using hot water but vinegar has a good track record, too. Peeing on jellyfish stings is a popular first aid myth and still has its dedicated following, but I doubt it works any better than rinsing with salt water right from the sea.

No matter what you use to rinse or neutralize, you absolutely have to remove any parts of the tentacles that might be left behind. If you don't, you're sure to keep getting stung.

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