Stinging can put real damper on beach trip
Galveston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; stinging jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war are much more likely to put a damper on a beach vacation than a shark bite.
Author Peter Benchley, who took the fear of death by shark to a new level with Jaws, said: “I’ve never been hurt by a sea creature, except for jellyfish and sea urchins.”
Jellyfish, with their stinging tentacles, thrive in all oceans. Along the Gulf Coast, victims describe the pain from a brush with a jellyfish as similar to bee stings.
The Portuguese man-of-war is related to the jellyfish, similar in appearance and also will sting the heck out of you.
Beachcombers should not touch the washed-up gelatinous creatures. Even dead or beached jellyfish and detached tentacles can keep stinging.
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