For the adventure traveler that prefers the ocean waves, most popular underwater pursuits are not without risk from marine life. Jellyfish (more properly, jellies) are fascinating creatures, but a diver or swimmers first encounter with them can be a painful one and frightening experience.
In one of our offbeat Globetrooper features we study how jellyfish stings can be treated and how to avoid the danger in the first place.
Water themed trips, be they scuba diving, sailing or snorkeling all carry some risk of exposure to the dangerous creatures of the sea such as coastal jellyfish.
For those of us who enjoy the thrill of water activities when traveling, it definitely pays to also be aware of some of the risks from these creatures that exist in certain parts of the world.
All jellyfish possess specialized, microscopic structures called nematocysts, which, when triggered, shoot outwards like tiny harpoons. Continue reading →