“With sea temperatures in Adur and Worthing hitting 20 plus degrees this week, us humans are not the only ones enjoying its inviting warmth!”
Continue reading Foreshore Inspector Rob Dove’s latest blog below… 🐠🐟🐠
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A blue shark spotted in St Ives and trigger fish caught off the Sussex coast only highlights the rising temperatures in this so far glorious summer.
As ever us humans are only mere visitors when it comes to entering into the sea, the fish would say “Like a human out of land”.
This week we received a telephone call from a member of public in Lancing who had been bathing off Widewater beach and had been stung by a drifting jellyfish.
Me and one of my seasonal boat operators, Esme, attended the scene to find a young lady clutching her slightly swollen leg and wondering what to do next. It was a Compass jellyfish that had stung ‘Chrysaora hysoscella’ and had beached on the flint cobbles shortly after stinging the lady.
Compass jelly fish are native to UK waters and after breeding in May they are venturing closer ashore with the rising temperatures.
The Compass jellyfish can cause harm to humans with the venom in its tentacles. It’s quite recognisable with its brown/beige colour, bold dots and striking lines around its main body.
Very different to the florescent blues and pink of the Portuguese man o’ war ‘Physalia physalis’ that had been coming ashore along our coast last year (for photos see Graham’s blog from 17th October 2017).
I must add, the Portuguese man o’ war is not a true jellyfish but a siphonophore and this is what I feared had stung the member of public.
After removing an attached tentacle with tweezers and flushing the affected area with hot water to release the toxins, the stinging stopped and only slight tingling remained. After 15 mins and once I was happy the swelling hadn’t increased and that there were no further symptoms, the lady was taken home.
So far we have only had Compass jellyfish appear around the Lancing/Shoreham area.
I must add though that although these incidents happen, they are rare and no one has ever died from a jellyfish sting in the UK, morbid I know but worth telling!
If you are stung by a jelly fish ensure you:
– Remain calm
– Call the Beach Office: 01903 238977
– Sit down
– Flush the affected area with hot water
– Pick any tentacles off with tweezers only
– Hydrate yourself with water
– Stay with someone until all symptoms pass
– If symptoms become more severe, or a more sensitive
part of the body has been stung, you should seek medical
Our local waters are very safe below and on top, get out there enjoy it as you would. Be prepared for the adverse should it happen, look out for each other and have fun.
See you on the water…
OVER … OUT …