Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Oh what a beautiful little ... oh ... DO NOT TOUCH THAT THING!

On my daily walk on the beach today, there were a little surprise for me... 
A beautiful blue/purple thing was washed up on the beach. 


Turns out it's not something to pick up/play with/touch etc. It's a quite mean jellyfish


They come from time to time, but it's the first time ever I have seen it since I arrived at the end of September, so I guess it's not often. The tides bring sand, in and out. The beach changes from week to week. Sometimes there's more sand, other times less. Turns out the tide brings other things as well!


So... if you see one of these, stay away! They can burn quite badly.
At least this one floats, so it's easier to spot, than those who are deeper in the water.
If nothing else, it's like a beautiful work of art - at a distance.

Have you ever seen these? Or been stung by a jellyfish? 
I would love some tips on what to do if you get stung, you know, just in case... 

10 comments:

  1. It's GORGEOUS!! Too bad it's not user friendly! I'm glad you found that out before picking it up! I've never been stung by a jellyfish...and have no intentions of that happening either! :)

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    1. I plan to stay not stung ever as well! But yes it's gorgeous! Love the colours!

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  2. wow I had no idea jelly fish came in purple! it's rather pretty tho, you're right. I've never been stung but I wonder if the same remedy for bee stings would apply? some baking soda and a little water making a paste (similar to a roue for cooking) and put the paste on the sting area. this would be for the swelling, probably OTC pain killers for the pain.

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    1. Me neither! I thought it was such a beautiful thing, had no idea it was so 'dangerous' (obviously, since I didn't know it was a jellyfish haha) but instead of being a "jelly"-thing that blue/purple thing is actually some sort of airfilled bubble, and it looks nothing like any other jellyfish I have ever seen.

      Thank you for the tip, I will take note of it!

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  3. Never seen one and never thought they would be that beautiful! I kind of hope I never actually meet one on the water anyway... :)

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    1. Yep, better enjoyed at a distance :)It was just that one day, but there had been a bit of a storm the previous day and big waves. Apparently they normally don't make it all the way down here (they come from Portugal?) Although it was beautiful to look at I prefer the beach free of them :)

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  4. Oh it can be very painful when you tough them. It never happened to me, thank god. But I have heard about it. I have never seen a blue one before though! Pretty impressive!

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    1. I have heard stories too, but thankfully never experienced it. But it is very pretty!

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  5. Saw tons of them today in south padre island texas,,and tiny looking jellyfish in the water all day and everywhere smaller than a dime!

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    1. They are beautiful! But apparently very nasty. But since they float at least you see them at a distance- where I prefer admiring them!

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