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Old February 17th, 2004, 08:33 PM
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My family and I went to Paradise beach in Cozumel and were stung several times. Once we returned to the boat we talked with many other families that wnet swimming and were stung at diffrent beaches. IF you go please take some jellyfish-off lotion. IF needed it can be bought in the store on hte boat!

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Old February 17th, 2004, 10:39 PM
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what time of year were you at cozumel.? we are going next month.
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Old February 18th, 2004, 09:33 AM
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We wee there in January of this year. The jellyfish don't hurt that bad, but its a pain cause you can't see em!
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Old February 18th, 2004, 12:48 PM
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There were quite a few tiny jellyfish in the water in Cozumel when we cruised there in early December a few years ago. My cousin got stung a couple times while in the water but by the time he got back to the ship he was better. They were just tiny little things a little bigger then a silverdollar.
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OK -- NOW I'm PANICKING!! If I take my son in ANY OCEAN & he gets stung by a jellyfish (I don't care how small/how little it hurts) I will NEVER get him in the OCEAN again this cruise!!!!!! Please, people, please tell me that there won't be any jellyfish in the Western Carribbean next month (March)........

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I took my 6 year old niece and 10 year old nephew they both were stung and it did not phase em. If your son stays in the shalloy (below 3ft) he should be fine...Im not sure if you willl have a problem or not...no one ever mentioned the chance of Jellyfish to me so im not sure if it was the time of year or not. Just to be sure id buy the Jellyfish off stuff....im not sure where else you can buy it but i know they sell it in the store on the boat. The stuff also gets rid of the Ocean lice(sp) and some other stuff.

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By March they usually have netted them all and keep them in a holding area until the summer season is over. They also collect all the seaweed so you don't step on any when in the water. Here is a picture of one.



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I have never seen a Jellyfish before. Thanks for the Pic Dave!
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They are neither jelly nor fish. There are thousands of differents types like fish. They only live for 3-6 months. Go to www.jellyfish.com and learn all about them. This is another good site: http://www.aloha.com/~lifeguards/jelyfish.html



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Jellyfish aren't really "seasonal" animals. You can encounter them anytime of year. Take some meat tenderizer with you - it's the best thing around for jellyfish stings.

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I AM GOING TO COZUMEL NEXT MONTH ALSO ON VOS ON 03/21/04. WHEN ARE YOU TRAVELING?
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I've heard of those jellyfish before, but have never met one in Cozumel. Dave, that picture looks big and mean! I know I'm allergic to wasp stings and had a bad reaction to a jellyfish in the Carolinas - I think I'll play it safe and try to get some of that repellant stuff the next time I'm near Mexico.
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That picture was actually under the ice in Alaska not in Cozumel. The little ones there are clear and about the size of a silver dollar.

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My wife and I encounter these jellyfish last time we were in Cozumel. On two previous trips, there were NO jellyfish. The creatures in question are called Thimble Jellyfish - aptly named as they are about the size of a thimble. If you're curious, do a google search, but the sting is not really that bad. Just a small irritation. The trick is the use a sunscreen over ALL exposed parts of the body, or vasaline. The sunscreen lotion makes it so the Thimble Jellyfish can't stick to your body, and therefore, can't sting you. With this in mind, the only place I got stung was just above the waistband on my swimtrunks. My wife got it on the lip. Of course, we were also swimming right through the "clouds" of these things. It's not just one or two in the water. It's thousands, so there will no mistaking if they are present or not. If it doesn't look like there is a light brown debris in the water, then you're fine. Honestly, not really a big deal. Check the attachment for a picture of the Thimble Jellyfish.



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I have not experienced the jelly fish in carib, but in Hawaii the jelly fish appear about 1 week after a full moon. So watch the phases of the moon and plan accordingly.
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We went diving while in Acapulco in June and there were tons of Jellyfish about the size of the ones in the picture. During this time of the year they were dormant and didnt sting. The guides even picked some of them up and let us hold them and touch them. I am not sure if the ones in Cozumel go dormant like that though.
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They also have "Sea Lice" which unfortunately are prevalent in the Spring. There has been some previous discussion here and on other boards about a product which I can't recall that supposedly works well to prevent the Sea Lice from irritating.
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We have been there a few times and always go to Chaukanaub Park. Beautiful beach, excellent snorkeling and have never seen a jellyfish there. We always go in April so I don't know if this makesa a difference but I would highly recommend going there. We saw more fish there than anyone that took cruise excursions. Also they have a beautiful botanical area there and you can swim with dolphins and iguanas walk around there. What a wonderful, beautiful place to go.
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Hi Dave -
We are going on the Enchantment of the Seas (RC) at the end of March - Key west and Cozumel. first time cruisers -- any advice? My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary. Not terribly adventurous, but that snuba in Cozumel sounds fun. If we are not great athletes can we do this? Any other good ideas?
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My best advice is have fun! I have done snuba in Key West. It is a battery powered airpump so you can breathe surface air through a hose while underwater. It floats around behind you in sort of a life ring. Easy to do. I haven't been to Cozumel since 1990 on the Song of America for seven nights. Been to the Bahamas on the last five cruises. I am looking forward to my first trip on the Enchantment in May. Benn on Sovereign 4 times and Majesty once. All 4 night cruises.

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we were at chankanaab park this january and both my sister and I were bitten, but her husband and our brother didn't. we didn't know what was biting us because we couldn't see anything but were later told that it was "sea lice". I had been to cozumel before and never had that happen. I didn't enjoy the snorkeling as I had before. I just panicked because I couldn't see what was doing the biting.
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