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Old August 18th, 2004, 07:09 AM
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There is so much mention of jellyfish, especially on other sites. Is it a real issue? Do they come out in February? Does the repellent really work?
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Old August 18th, 2004, 08:07 AM
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We've traveled extensively in the Carribean, both on cruise and land vacations, and only once did I encounter a problem with jellyfish. I've never used the repellent so I don't know if it works or not. I do carry meat tenderizer with me. Mixed with vinegar into a paste it takes the sting out of any bites. I don't bring vinegar as you can get it anywhere.
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We also have traveled in the Caribbean ALOT and have never had a problem with jelly fish but did have a problem with the little darlings in Cabo in the Mexican Riv on a snorkeling trip there. Our guide on that trip even went into the water to make sure that there weren't any....seems he missed one or two. Was forced to medicate at the bar on the boat. Enough tequilla and you don't care about it.
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Old August 18th, 2004, 10:19 AM
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Ken, we have also traveled the Caribbean extensively and have not had any problems with those little creatures. I would pack Calamine lotion and an anti-histimine just in case.
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Old August 18th, 2004, 12:06 PM
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Thanks guys and gals, this is great to hear. We will be spending lots of time on the beaches.
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Old August 22nd, 2004, 08:25 PM
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My son was stung by a jellyfish in Labadee and I was charged $330 by the ship's doctor for a shot of cortizone and Benadryl.


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Old August 23rd, 2004, 07:24 AM
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If you do get stung, DO NOT rinse the area in fresh water as this will cause remaining stingers to fire. Its best to rinse the area in salt water (watch your hands as they can get stung if you touch the areaand there are tenacles left). Some places/boats might have spray bottles of white vineagar. This helps neutralize the sting. If that is not available, and warning this is gross but it works, have someone pee on the area. Again, it neutralizes the sting. Benadryl will help afterwards. Also remember, even though you dont see jellies, there may be tenacles floating in the water (turtles love to eat them and might miss a few morsels), and there are the little guys-the larva that can really make you itch! While working in the FL Keys as a scuba instructor, I recall some of the worst times were around Aug. Storms will also bring them in as they ride the currents and waves.


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Old August 23rd, 2004, 05:10 PM
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Is there a season for the jellyfish that is the worst?

And what is the name of the repellent?
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