Ocean Girls & Guys, Ocean Lovers and Beginner Surfers 2014!
Surfers are in the ocean pretty much every chance they get, experiencing, interacting, watching out for each other, well you get the idea. Being a surfer or water person you form a very personal relationship with the ocean and nature, you are not only observing and appreciating, you are now a part of it all.
Starting with this first educational focused article and continuing into next month, we will share useful bits of simple ocean/surf/nature information, hopefully you will learn something or can pass on to someone who is a new surfer or ocean lover. Mahalo! Sea ya in the water…One Love, all creatures. Ocean Girl Project Team Volunteers!
Box Jellyfish aka Jellies – know when they are expected! 2014 below and online jelly fish calendar
The box jellyfish is most commonly found on Hawaii’s leeward (west) and south shores. Their arrival on Hawaii’s beaches is quite predictable. They usually arrive around 9-12 days after a full moon (but occasionally they have been observed on off-cycle days as well). This is when warning signs are usually posted on many Oahu beaches (warning signs are generally only posted on popular beaches).
Don’t swim at remote and unguarded beaches for your own safety. There are many other ocean hazards besides jellyfish, including strong currents, rip tides, sharp coral, etc. Similar to a jellyfish, the Portuguese man-of-war also causes a painful sting. It has a purplish body and is commonly found on windward (east) shores as the prevalent northeastern trade-winds blow these creatures close to shore.
If you see a jellyfish on the beach, don’t touch it as its tentacles can cause a painful sting even if the animal is dead. Keep children away from beached jellyfish. If you get stung, see a lifeguard for first aid. For more serious cases or if you feel unwell, call 911 immediately, jellyfish stings may cause an anaphylactic shock or in some cases even death.
IS A JELLYFISH REALLY A FISH ??