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« on: February 13, 2008, 04:46:12 am »

Attention swimmers who like going to the beaches and swimming in the sea.

Read the following facts carefully. It could save you from a dangerous situation by providing you with some basic yet vital information.

The 'jellyfish population' in global waters is proliferating. No one knows why.

Here are some important facts.


The Irukandji is a small jellyfish approximately 2 cm diameter and 1 oz in weight that's responsible for an unusual and dramatic syndrome following stings. The initial sting of the jellyfish is usually not very painful. But about 30 minutes after being stung, the person starts to have a severe backache or headache, shooting pains in their muscles, chest and abdomen and muscle cramps. As the pain spreads all over the body it turns excruitiating causing restlessness. The person may also feel nauseous. It is almost always fatal.




Small Irukandji jellyfish that gives a fatal sting.

Irukandji is found in the warm waters of Indian ocean and south Pacific. Also found in the waters of the US, Japan, China and even Britain. It seems to be spreading all around the world. Those swimmers who's skin is exposed to the water are most at risk. This small Irukandji is found in deep waters about 10,000 meters.

Reported cases of jellyfish sting are growing. More than 50 people die of jellyfish stings in Australia alone.

Jellyfish can also be of giant size weighing upto 450 lbs and 7 feet in circumference. Stings of these large jellyfish are painful but not toxic enough to cause death.




Large jellyfish

No one knows where jellyfish come from. They are said to be about 600 million years old.

Sea of Japan is infested with giant size jellyfish. Sometimes when fishermen put down their nets, all that comes in the nets are 100s of large jellyfish. They're destroyed immediately. The jellyfish population has become such a substantial problem for Japan that it has led the government to form a committee to combat the problem. Since the Japanese people have the most weird taste for food, in an attempt to utilize the jellyfish in a productive manner, coastal communities in Japan are doing their best to promote jellyfish as a novelty food, sold dried and salted. Sounds disgusting!



Dozens of large jellyfish caught in the fisherman's net

Plenty of efforts have been made to eradicate this awful sea creature but to no avail. When a jellyfish is attacked and it knows it's going to die, as a natural instinct, it releases millions of eggs or sperms in the water to ensure the survival of its species. Therefore, killing a single jellyfish would result in the birth of thousands more.

Jellyfish has a voracious appetite. If a large swimming pool is filled with ordinary fish, a single jellyfish can eat all of them in just one day.

Unlike other fishes, jellyfish can survive without oxygen for a very long time.

Those areas in the water that are infested with jellyfish are known as 'dead zones.' Other fishes are rarely found in these dead zones. Most dead zones are in the Sea of Japan and China's Yellow Sea.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008, 08:25:42 pm »

Remarkably interesting info.  I wonder if those swimmers are also in danger who don't swim that deep underwater.  My brother-in-law is very fond of swimming.  Whenever we take the kids to the beach, we just watch the water from a distance.  None of us swim except my brother-in-law.  He takes to the water right away and often swims quite far into the sea.  A couple of times we even lost sight of him and then after 20 minutes or so he suddenly returned swimming toward the beach.  His parents and wife really get upset and worried which I understand.  I think it'll be a good idea to send him this information and scare him a little.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 09:22:19 pm »

Yes, the small irukanji jellyfish is a real killer.  As far as I know, it's only the deep water divers who are at risk.  To sister rose, as for your brother-in-law, his habit is definitely very worrying ...... not becoz of the jellyfish sting but the sea at large.  Unless one is a complete professional wearing full protective swimming gear, one must never venture to swim like this in the sea.  No matter how perfect a swimmer, the under currents in the sea can drag away anyone.  As a matter of fact, while swimming in the sea, a pro is not much safer than an amateur swimmer.  Both can get washed off in a minute. 
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