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Discussion in 'Diving and Marine Life' started by pfotoguy, Jun 16, 2014.

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    I just moved back to Dauin very close to Eldorado my kids went swimming yesterday, well everyday, and they're getting little red welts on their arms and legs. Is there a jellyfish problem in the area now? Anyone know what would cause. This?
     
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    I was told it some sort of plankton, always seem to get these when snorkeling up there.
     
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    I found out it was jellyfish. And you can use vinegar to ease the pain and itching.
     
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    NO! Google "treating Jellyfish stings" and several sites say DO NOT put vinegar on the sting - probably an olde wive's tale! In most instances ice to give some relief and nothing more - avoid the temptation to use 'soothing' creams/ointments etc. Let Mother Nature take its course etc...

    I noticed the last few days the water in Amlan has been beautifully clear and we've been snorkelling around. My wife was stung by a Jellyfish yesterday - but thankfully after a couple of hours the discomfort had abated. I was going to post the same question about Jellyfish but thought I might as well use this thread to maintain continuity... Are there particular time's of the year to be wary? Certain climate conditions maybe? Anyway - thankfully they aren't of the Aussie Box Jellyfish species or we would all be crapping ourselves!
     
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    I know there's not much one can do, save, accept that Jellyfish are part of the ocean's architecture - but they do seem to be proliferating in the area just now.

    Since moving to Amlan 2 months ago, I have been out snorkelling most days and have noticed a dramatic increase in jellyfish over the last week or so. After some handy Google research I understand that 'peak season' for Jellyfish (Philippines) is April-May - which coincides with their earlier spawning season and feeding habits chasing Plankton etc. I have also learnt that although saltwater habitants, most favour egg laying in areas where fresh water rivers/streams converge with the sea - of which there are many opportunities in the DC (and surrounding) areas.

    Box Jellyfish seem to be quite common in the Philippines too, although not usually as gargantuan in size as their Australian counterparts. Although stings from Box Jellyfish should not be treated with vinegar (or your best friend happily 'taking a leak' over the effected area) - one exception seems to be:

    (Interesting factoid) : Filipino homemade coconut vinegar - which apparently does help to reduce additional venom from the stings entering the body/bloodstream. For this reason, many 'locals' carry a small bottle of coconut vinegar in their boats and pour it over the effected area (without rubbing obviously!!) Then scrape the area gently with a knife or credit card-type object to remove any remaining stings from the surface of the skin. It is recommended that medical treatment is sought, even if the injured party feels OK, as 'toxic shock' can occur up to 48 hours after the event. Usually anti-inflamatories/histamines do the trick, although permanent 'battle scarring' is common.

    I'm not Jacques Cousteau, a Nurse or a Witch Doctor; but I thought the above findings might be of interest to others as, of late, there seems to be many more Jellyfish in the vicinity.

    It is worth pointing out of course that the vast majority of these critters are relatively harmless, save some minor discomfort for a couple of hours after being stung.
     
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    Shave the area, they say. Obviously same effect (better?) as scraping with knife
     
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    I've already mentioned about not using vinegar - so I won't repeat that.
    The small red welts/spots are most unlikely to be from a Jellyfish. JF stings commonly produce a red 'patchy' area with red line marks on the skin if the JF was a big one.

    I am 99% certain that what your kids encountered were the tiny little bugs I've been bitten by in the sea here (from time to time). I don't know what the hell they are, but they are about 1-2mm in size and a bit like a flea/ant in size but have a tiny (very tiny) armadillo-like shell/body. They are very small, but leave a red bite mark/spot on the skin, which can cause mild bleeding. They are usually abundant at high tide when the water is very clear. Not everyday the water is clear, but that's when I've noticed them?
    They do seem to 'nip' at humans so I reckon they are little 'biters' not stingers.
     
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    Very informative, tnx
     
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