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Beware of the Pica Pica! #489270
04/09/14 08:09 AM
04/09/14 08:09 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Jellyfish in Abundance During Easter Season in Belize

The Thimble Jellyfish make their appearance to the shores of Belize during the windy days between March and May, but its not uncommon to find these jellyfish from late January all the way to June. They suddenly arrive when the high winds and strong currents start making their way into the area.

The Thimble Jellyfish is locally known as the Dedal and the discharge of their larvae is called the Pica Pica, although locals call the jellyfish Pica Pica. It is this discharge that contains the stinging cells that will cause a skin irritation. Many will find that playing with the actual jellyfish will not cause any skin irritation unless they are releasing their larvae.

This marine animal is a small jellyfish resembling a thimble that measures about 1" in diameter and is conspicuously mottled with dark brown markings. They appear in dense aggregations which are transported by winds and current.

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Re: Beware of the Pica Pica! [Re: Marty] #489272
04/09/14 08:25 AM
04/09/14 08:25 AM
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Katie Valk Offline

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Eurax lotion and atarax pills if you have a bad reaction, as I do

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Re: Beware of the Pica Pica! [Re: Marty] #489283
04/09/14 12:40 PM
04/09/14 12:40 PM
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The number of jellyfish swarming around our coasts has prompted this unusual warning– don’t pee on a jellyfish sting.
The widespread belief that urine is the best cure for a jellyfish sting is probably best-known from an episode of Friends in which Chandler has to urinate on Monica’s leg after she is stung.
The warm weather and wind has sparked an increase in the numbers of several species of jellyfish, don't believe “the old myth”.
A sting from a jellyfish can be extremely painful, but trying to treat it with urine isn’t going to make your day any better. Urine just doesn’t have the right chemical make-up to solve the problem.
A better treatment would be to pour seawater or vinegar over the sting.
If people get stung, they need to get out of the water to avoid getting stung again. Once out, slowly pouring seawater over the sting will help ease the pain. Doing the same thing with vinegar can be even more effective as the acid helps neutralize the jellyfish sting. Local boat captains usually carry a bottle in the console. A follow up of antihistamine does wonders.

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Re: Beware of the Pica Pica! [Re: Marty] #489294
04/10/14 05:37 AM
04/10/14 05:37 AM
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Diane Campbell Offline
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I can attest to the effectiveness of vinegar on jelly-fish stings. Just be careful not to get it in your eyes ....

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