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Old May 29th, 2005, 09:18 AM
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Default Belize snorkeling--jellyfish?

For anyone who has been snorkeling in Belize...do you know if there are a lot of jellyfish there? I know this might sound like a silly question, but when I was young I was attacked by a school of jellyfish at a Rhode Island beach, so I kinda have a phobia when it coems to them...if anyone can just warn me if there is a jellyfish problem there, that would be great...

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I was just there in April and didn't see any jelly fish

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Jelly fish do no attack or swim in a school. Essentially they just float in the water and are pulled along by tide and currents. You can "run into" jellyfish around the world. Some are no problem and I have seen photos of swimmers surrounded by them. Others have venomous stingers that can hurt quite a lot.
"look before you leap" is always a good idea anyway. Check not only for rocks and coral , but for jelly fish and even predators.
The same beach that has no problem with jelly fish today can have a tide change and be swarming with jelly fish tomorrow.
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I beg to differ with the fact that Jelly Fish "do not attack or swim in a school". I agree that they don't chase after people with the purpose of stinging them, but if you are swimming along nonchalantly and swim into a bunch of them, they will sting you. Also, anywhere I have ever seen jelly fish, there is never just one or two...more like fifty or sixty. The reason why I was asking about this is because I know jelly fish are more prevalent in some waters than they are in others...like in the summer, there are HUGE amounts of them at the Rhode Island beaches, but you can usually avoid them if you go to a beach that's on the Long Island Sound. I just wanted to know if anyone who had been snorkeling in Belize had ever seen large amounts of jelly fish.

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there is a gel you can buy & apply if you suspect there will be jellysih or sea lice..I think it's called sea safe or safe sea--we got it mail order for gr Cayman, didn'y use it &had no sea lice or jellies! Did have great snorlkeling!
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Also keep in mind that even if you dont see jellies, there can still be tentacles floating around that can sting you. Turtles love to eat them and sometimes they miss a few morsels. These are impossible to see, as are sea lice. I worked as a scuba instructor down in the FL Keys and during the summer they would be everywhere at certain times. A lot depended on the tides and wind, since jellies ride the currents vs swimming. Ive never tried sea safe, but know its out there (check online dive shops ie Divers Direct for it). Not sure how well it works. We always wore some type of full body wetsuit and even a hood if it was really bad, but thats a bit extreme if just snorkeling-you will get looks. I suppose rubbing vasoline all over would help, but you might be a bit greasey! If by chance you do get stung, be prepared with a spray bottle of white vineagar and water mix. A good dive boat will have some on board. Dont rinse with fresh water what ever you do as it will trigger the tentacles to release more toxins. Salt water is better if its all you have. Having someone pee on you is gross I know, but it works too if youre really desparate.

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I didn't start the thread but thanks for the tip about spray bottle of vinegar
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Once again I state , "jelly fish do not attack or swim in a school". They float/drift with the tide, THEY DO NOT SWIM. THEY DO NOT "ATTACK", you swim into them and rub against their stinger, they are not ATTACKING, they are passive creatures ,incapable of swimming or attacking. They float in the water , usually in large quantities. Their stingers can be extraordinarily painful and can cause extreme allergic reaction to some folks. They do not chase or attack in any manner, they cannot. They are usually easy to avoid by paying attention to posted warnings or checking underwater before you swim.
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Default Re: Belize snorkeling--jellyfish?

just a personal observation here, but i have snorkeled in the Eastern, Southern and Western Caribbean and have never seen any jellyfish. Maybe i am just lucky? Or maybe jellyfish can't survive in the Caribbean? anyone?????
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Snorkeled in Belize last month....not a jelly to be seen. I've snorkeled in the Florida Keys and have seen lots of jellies, barracuda and reef sharks.
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