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Jelly Fish

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Steff1, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Steff1

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    My family is headed to the outer banks in August, do I need to worry about jelly fish and if so, what are some items I should add to my FAK ?
     
  2. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

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    Peanut Butter? Bread?

    :dunno:
     


  3. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    You always have a chance of running into a jellyfish, but the worst you'll see (probably the Moon Jellyfish) causes only mild skin irritation. The bad boys like the Box Jellyfish and the Man 'o War (which are not true jellyfish,) don't live in those waters, so you won't run into them.

    Have some vinegar and some MSG handy for the rare chance that you get stung. Make a paste, and it will effectively neutralize any venom that you might get on your skin. The irritation is generally short-lived anyway.
     
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  4. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    I don't know about the Outer Banks, but August/September is Jellyfish time from NJ to MD. Its a water temp thing. Colder water means more jellyfish near the surf.

    Don't sweat it. I have swam with jellyfish in the ocean since I was a kid and never got stung. Just avoid touching them.

    If you get stung you got to pee on it, so no need to bring anything extra in your FAK :whistling:
     
  5. RichJ

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    Ammonia is what the lifeguards use for jellyfish stings. It neutralizes the poison.
     
  6. Steff1

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    Thanks for the info guys. Do the stingers dissolve on their own ?
     
  7. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

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    Its not a physical stinger, but more like a chemical burn.
     
  8. HAMMERHEAD

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    They sting you with microscopic needles.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nematocyst
    Here's some first aid;
    http://firstaid.webmd.com/wilderness-jellyfish-sting-treatment

    Some scientists are predicting a world wide jellyfish bloom in the next 20-50 years from rising ocean temps and Japan's ill conceived attempt to control the overpopulation of jellyfish in their area.
    They dragged nets through the schools of jellyfish to kill them, but when they get cut up like that, it triggers some kind of reaction and they 'spawn'. Not sure of the technical stuff, but the end result is that killing them will cause them to come back in numbers never seen before.
     
  9. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    Varies greatly. If you have a lot of wind out of the east coming ashore from the direction of the ocean, you can get tropical overwash from the Gulf stream which is only about 20 miles out.

    It can bring crystal clear Caribbean like water. I have also had it go for a week straight and found wheelbarrow size piles of dead jellyfish up and down the beach. Other trips you can go without seeing a one.

    The clear/whitish nettle like ones are most common, rarely you can see a red one and I think those may be worse. We don't have any tropical killers though, just the nuisances.