Jellyfish warnings must be followed to avoid a possible life threatening situation. Jellyfish are 95% water with less than 5% solid mass. Most jellyfish are nearly clear or a light blue color, ranging in size from one inch to over a foot in diameter. Some jellyfish species can grow up to seven feet long. The long threadlike tentacles capture worms and small ocean life and carry them into the jellyfish’s mouth
Some Asian cultures have been eating cannonball jellyfish for over a thousand years. Jellyfish have also been eaten for medical reasons in treating high blood pressure, arthritis, bronchitis and other diseases. The cannonball jellyfish is low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Jellyfish must be dehydrated to benefit from the nutrients. Jellyfish are dried, preserved, packaged and sold to seafood distributor that ships them to Japan, China, and Thailand
Man-O-War and Box Jellyfish are the Hawaiian Islands variety of creepy space invaders which can ruin a otherwise perfect beach day. Once observed by beach patrol, warning signs are immediately posted to help prevent stinging attacks.
According to factzoo.com, “the most venomous animal is the Box Jellyfish. It has caused at least 5,567 recorded deaths since 1954. Their venom is among the most deadly in the world. It’s toxins attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. And the worst part of it is that jelly box venom is so overpoweringly painful, that human victims go in shock, drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore.
Survivors can experience pain weeks after the contact with box jellies.” The Box Jellyfish venom is more toxic than the King Cobra and Scorpion. You have virtually no chance to survive the venomous sting of a Box Jellyfish, unless treated immediately.
After a sting, vinegar should be applied for a minimum of 30 seconds. Vinegar has acetic acid, which disables the box jelly’s nematocysts that have not yet discharged into the bloodstream.
According to WebMD.com the following precautions should be taken after a sting. “For a sting in tropical waters, especially from box jellyfish, rinse immediately with vinegar. Do not use fresh or tap water, which can reactivate stinging cells, continue until you can get medical help”
You must seek medical treatment immediately after a sting. Rule of thumb, always follow warning signs and stay out of the water and away from the shoreline during any jellyfish warnings.
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