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Jellyfish

I thought this might be of some interest. We just got back from Myrtle Beach, my daughters wear swimming in the sea. They both got stung by jellyfish.  So many people asked me if we peed on them. The answer is NO!

Applying urine on a jellyfish sting doesn’t remove the pain but may instead worsen the injury and trigger more venoms to be released, says an expert.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) marine biologist Datuk Dr Aileen Tan said studies found that pouring vinegar on the wound would be a better remedy as it could deactivate the venom released by the jellyfish.

“Usually after being stung by a jellyfish, its harpoon-like stingers called nematocysts will continue shooting out venom when triggered by touch, and it can penetrate the human skin.

“Studies have found that vinegar, which contains acetic acid, can prevent the release of more venom from the nematocysts.

“Once deactivated, the nematocysts can be safely removed without causing more harm.”

I was also told by two paramedics to use meat tenderizer, it also deactivates the venom and less chance of scaring.

Jellyfish have drifted along on ocean currents for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth. The jellylike creatures pulse along on ocean currents and are abundant in cold and warm ocean water, in deep water, and along coastlines. But despite their name, jellyfish aren’t actually fish—they’re invertebrates, or animals with no backbones.

Jellyfish have tiny stinging cells in their tentacles to stun or paralyze their prey before they eat them. Inside their bell-shaped body is an opening that is its mouth. They eat and discard waste from this opening.

As jellyfish squirt water from their mouths they are propelled forward. Tentacles hang down from the smooth baglike body and sting their prey.

Jellyfish stings can be painful to humans and sometimes very dangerous. But jellyfish don’t purposely attack humans. Most stings occur when people accidentally touch a jellyfish, but if the sting is from a dangerous species, it can be deadly. Jellyfish digest their food very quickly. They wouldn’t be able to float if they had to carry a large, undigested meal around.

They dine on fish, shrimp, crabs and tiny plants. Sea turtles relish the taste of jellyfish. Some jellyfish are clear, but others are in vibrant colors such as pink, yellow, blue, and purple, and often are luminescent.