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Hawaii Beach Safety..Box jellyfish watch Oahu..Vinegar recommended

The Box jellyfish normally arrive in the near shore waters of Hawaii 7 to 11 days after the full moon, however, they may be found in the near shore waters at any time. if you see or are stung by a box jellyfish please notify Ocean Safety immediately and stay out of the water.

Check with lifeguards or walk the shoreline to check for box jellyfish before entering the water. If you are stung, flush the affected area with copious amounts of white vinegar and use heat for pain. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience breathing difficulty.  This event is set until July 17 as the next influx of jellies is expected July 12, 13 and 14th.

Be sure to take along Ocean Care Solutions Jellyfish Sting Relief..Available at ABC Stores on the island…Proven safe and effective, our 5% acetic acid sting relief spray meets the medical recommendations in providing first aid pain relief.  Don’t get stung without it !!

Always seek medical attention when stung by a Box jellyfish..for more information, go to the Hawaii Beach Safety Website at http://oceansafety.soest.hawaii.edu/

Clinging, orange striped jellyfish can be very painful…But is it a jelly? The G.Vertens

A fully developed medusa of Gonionemus vertens has a number of small adhesive discs some way along each tentacle (visible as lighter spots). Its uses them to attach to eelgrass or macroalgae, although it  is also capable of swimming freely. The bell-shaped gastrovascular
cavity is transparent, and within it four orange to yellowish gonads can be seen, in the shape of a cross. Around the rim of the bell there can be up to 80 tentacles. The tentacles
are roughly 1/3 inch long and light brown in color. A distinctive feature is that they are sharply bent at the tips.

Hydrozoans are related to jellyfish (Scyphozoa) and to corals and sea anemones (Anthozoa), but, despite their appearance (and the common name of this species), they are not in fact true jellyfish. Like other cnidarians, they alternate between a polyp and a medusa stage.
The mouth of a hydrozoan is surrounded by tentacles, which can be of many different colors. Using these tentacles, which are equipped with stinging cells, the animal captures and stuns small fish and zooplankton and leads its prey to its mouth.

The stinging cells of G. vertens operate in the same way as similar cells in true jellyfish – contact with its tentacles causes sharp pain and severe irritation of the skin.  G. vertens reportedly has an even more potent sting in its original environment in the Seas of Okhotsk and Japan. Sensitive humans who come into contact with its stinging cells in that region may suffer severe allergic reactions, resulting in the worst cases in fatal anaphylactic shock.

G. vertens thrive best in temperate waters, and feeds chiefly on small crustaceans. It lives close to the coast, often in eelgrass meadows, and can be difficult to discover when attached to
swaying eelgrass and is common along the coasts of northern Japan and Korea (Sea of Japan) Sea of Okhotsk, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, Sakhalin Island and the southern Kuril Islands as well as the Mediterranean and Norwegian waters and in Danish parts of the Kattegat and Belt Sea.

In North America, the species can be found from Alaska in the north to California in the south. In the eastern United States coastal regions, however, it is now regarded as a  newly introduced species (probably carried by ships from Europe), despite the fact the animal was identified in the late 1800’s in Massachusetts.

Frankly, we can’t say OCS jellyfish sting relief spray is effective on this animal sting because we have never encountered one.  But, given the biological science as Hydrozoans, we believe, strongly, that our 5% acetic acid product will provide first aid relief.  Be prepared just in case; take along our Jellyfish Sting Relief solution…

information courtesy of http://www.frammandearter.se

Ocean Care Solutions Marine Sting Products Provides Sponsorship Support Through Swim, Dive and Ocean Reef Clean Up Projects

Bermuda to “Lift All Boats” welcoming swimmers and tourists from around the world to the 22nd annual “Round the Sound” Charity Swim…

Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 28, 2012

Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. is again proudly supporting the 22nd annual Round the Sound Charity Swim in Bermuda through their local distributor: Royall Imports Ltd.

The 2012 Round the Sound Swim will be held on October 14th in beautiful Harrington Sound, and features a 10k Open Water swim and a variety of shorter distances in a staggered start. The event is hosted by the Dolphin Swim Team of Bermuda and Bermuda Open Water Swimmers. Attendance should be in the region of 300 swimmers, with about half that number from overseas.

“With the Olympic 10 km marathon swim to be broadcast from in Hyde Park at the 2012 London Olympics, the number of open water events and athletes is poised to multiply like the global jellyfish proliferation our oceans are currently experiencing,” predicated Steven Munatones, director-in-Chief of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming. “With more exposure of the sport and its heroes, more events get started. With more events available, like the Round the Sound event, more individuals challenge themselves to venture beyond the shorelines. When more individuals participate in open water competitions, there is an increase in traditional and new media exposure of the sport. The cycle feeds upon itself, enabling the sport to grow at unprecedented levels.”

Entries for visiting swimmers for Round the Sound are co-ordinated by Aquamoon Adventures (http://www.aquamoonadventures.com). Local entries via the Dolphin Swim Team orhttp://www.Racedayworld.com .

“Bermuda is a wonderful setting and the Harrington Sound is an ideal venue for this great swim event”, says Keven Freeman, President of Ocean Care Solutions. “We are very proud to be a part of the annual Round the Sound Charity swim event and the open water swimming community as a whole,” continued Freeman. “We have learned so much about marine stings from open ocean swimmers because they are the most likely to sustain multiple marine stings in the course of long swims. Diana Nyad was forced to stop her swim from Cuba to the U.S. because of Man o War stings. Bruckner Chase, Julie Bradshaw and Patti Bauernfeind have reported multiple stings during record swim attempts around the world as well. My hat is off to these athletes because of the intense training associated with the sport, the mental focus to carry out the swim and cultivating an incredible pain threshold to some how keep going through waves of nasty stingers,” according to Freeman.

The sport offers amateur swims, professional races, solo challenges, charity events, relays and extreme swims of all sorts in oceans, lakes, seas, rivers, bays, estuaries, channels, canals and fjords. Everywhere marine life exists, humans are seemingly challenging themselves. Steven Munatones adds: “And that is the beauty of the sport. The world is so unexplored when it comes to humans swimming in open bodies of water. People can challenge themselves, plan their own adventure and set all kinds of records by swimming unprecedented distances in lakes, river, channels and oceans around the world – or even in their local area. This excitement – to do a swim that has never been done before in the history of mankind even in your own state – is pretty thrilling for the average swimmer in the 21st century. We want to recognize their achievements and encourage them to train and complete their swim safely. Which is where Ocean Care Solutions comes into play. While sharks and cold water are usually the first obstacles that come to mind when swimming in the ocean, it is the unseen and much smaller jellyfish and Portuguese Man o War that often present disguised barriers to success”.(http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com)

“We are very happy to have Royall Imports Ltd. in Bermuda as part of our growing distributor network”, says Freeman. “I met Brian during an open water swim conference in San Francisco and immediately struck up a friendship. Brian is very active in business, community service issues, open water swimming events and providing support for charities and organizations in Bermuda. We are delighted to have Royall Imports as part of our growing company”, states Freeman. “We look forward to being a part of the Round the Sound Charity Swim event for years to come.

In addition to the Round the Sound event, Ocean Care Solutions currently supports SUDS (http://sudsdiving.org/Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba), Captain Sean Patterson with Reef Monitoring, Inc. (http://www.reefmonitoring.org/donations.html), Open Water Source (http://openwaterswimming.com/) (http://openwaterswimming.com/) __title__ OWS] and will soon partner with Bruckner Chase and his non-profit Ocean Positive program (http://brucknerchase.com/OceanPositive.html) and the Amerika Somoa Projects.

Ocean Care Solutions marine sting products are available at local retailers, Walgreen’s, ABC Stores, popular sporting good outlets, resorts and specialty retailers in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Hawaii and Bermuda.

Pacific coast sea nettle arriving in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – With summer’s arrival, jellyfish are once again washing up on beaches along San Diego’s coastline, lifeguards said.  San Diego lifeguards said with warmer weather and more plankton in the ocean for jellyfish to eat, there is always an increase of the venomous creatures during summer months.

“It’s the smaller chopped up pieces that have been hit by a boat that are dangerous because they continue to sting,” said San Diego lifeguard Rick Strobel.  “You often see the purple stripe jelly washed up on La Jolla Shores and usually the red black jellyfish are often seen in Mission Bay,” Birch Aquarium Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth said.  “Sometimes they are off La Jolla Shores but right now they are in and around Coronado.”

Our very first sting test on whether our product was going to be effective or not was with the west coast sea nettle exactly like the animals arriving in San Diego..We also were able to test with the Black Sea Nettle..both of which are indigenous to the west coast..We are happy to say that our OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief Spray is very effective on these and many other stinging animals including the Box, Mauve, Lion’s Mane, Sea wasps, sea lice and much more..Don’t get stung without it…!!

Portions of this article courtesy of Fox5sandiego.com

Scientists warn of unusual jellyfish swarm near barrier islands; Mississippi

GULF OF MEXICO — Pelagia noctiluca, a relative of the common sea nettle, has been found in large numbers near the barrier islands in recent days. Commonly called the purple-striped or mauve jellyfish, the species is found in all warm and temperate oceans.

While more common offshore, winds and circulation patterns may periodically move swarms of these sea jellies into nearshore waters.

John Anderson, a research biologist in the Fisheries Center at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), first collected a few specimens of the purple striped jellyfish offshore several miles south of Mississippi during a trawl survey on May 30.

By June, specimens were noted on the north side of Horn Island around the grass beds and swarms were observed south of the islands. Anderson noted that the jellyfish seemed to be accumulating near the passes and that some of the jellies were found mid-Sound.

Harriet Perry, GCRL senior research biologist, noted that while several studies have noted the presence of these sea jellies in local waters, large swarms are not common in Mississippi. Like the sea nettle, they have stinging nematocyst cells, which they use in food capture and defense. They feed on large zooplankton and fish eggs.

Swimmers should be aware that the sting of the jellyfish can be painful, and should avoid waters where they are observed. The organisms are pink to purple in color and range in bell diameter from 1 to 3 inches, with very long tentacles.

This animal can deliver a very painful sting but the really good news is our Ocean Care Jellyfish Sting Relief Spray has been proven effective on the Mauve sting injury.  Lidocaine free, made with doctor and science recommended 5% acetic acid, our 1 oz. spray bottle goes where you go..Don’t get stung without it !!

Article by AP courtesy of the Mississippi Business Journal

Debunking jellyfish sting relief myths…Don't pee on me !!

Urinating on a jellyfish sting can make it worse, according to Jennifer Ping, an emergency medicine physician at Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, who has studied the most effective treatments for dealing with jellyfish stings. About 15 people per year check in to her hospital’s emergency room after being stung by jellyfish.

Jellyfish stings are caused by contact with a jellyfish tentacle, which can trigger millions of stinging cells (nematocytes) to pierce the skin and inject venom, Ping says.

The first line of treatment for all species of jellyfish stings is to get out of the water. Then, remove the tentacles with an object other than your fingers. Deactivate the nematocytes with an acidic compound such as vinegar, either by pouring it directly onto the wound or applying a vinegar-soaked cloth. Once the nematocytes are deactivated, scrape them off with a credit card or other flat object. A paste of vinegar also works.

Urine has a different pH than vinegar and, like water, it can cause the nematocytes to swell and release more venom, thus worsening the sting, Ping says. Warm water or heat packs are recommended. “I think [the myth] gets perpetuated because it’s something that is funny, yet believable,” Ping says.

OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief is made with 5% acetic acid and is safe, effective and lidocaine free.  Spray it on, scrape away the pain..Don’t Get stung without it !!

 

 

Glowing Jellyfish are harming fisheries in Black, Caspian Seas

Soon enough this coming summer we’ll hear warnings about jellyfish swarms along certain beaches. Most of us loathe the blobby creatures because we are afraid of being stung, but many jellies have no stingers or any way of inflicting pain. Instead of shocking their prey, they just stick to it using special cells that line the insides of their gelatinous lobes.

But there’s a catch (get it?). The sticky jellies can sweep through ocean water like a vacuum hose, mopping up so much plankton that none remain for fish and other creatures to eat. It’s hard to imagine, but a small, brilliantly light-reflecting jelly,Mnemiopsis leidyi, which is common enough along the New England coast to catch with your own hands, has already scoured plankton from the Black Sea and is now on the loose in the Caspian Sea.

M. leidyi is a ctenophore (from the Greek words for comb and carrier), or comb jelly. The name comes from rows of hair-like cilia that line the lobes of the bell-shaped creature and beat in progression to propel it. As the video below shows, the beating cilia also diffract white light, creating a brilliant light show.

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The same cilia are also what make the comb jelly so deadly to microorganisms. Copepods and zooplankton are usually extremely sensitive to even the smallest changes in water current—their way of knowing when a predator is coming near, so they can flee. But the cilia propel the comb jelly with so little water disturbance that the plankton don’t sense that the comb jelly is coming until they’re inside the creature’s lobes and sticking to its cells. The comb jelly is the ultimate “hydrodynamically silent” predator.

Comb jellies thrive off the New England coast yet pose no threat to the ecosystem because butterfish, as well as a genus of comb jellies known as Beroe, both eat M. leidyi, according to Steven L. Bailey, a marine biologist and the curator of fishes at the New England Aquarium in Boston. But M. leidyi are not native to the Black Sea. They were introduced there in the 1980s, probably by a ship that had taken on ballast along the U.S. Northeast and later emptied it into the Black Sea. Neither butterfish norBeroes live there, so M. leidyi has run rampant. “It reproduces prolifically,” Bailey says. It is a hermaphrodite; it produces its own egg and sperm.

Scientists suggested that Beroes be introduced into the Black Sea as a countermeasure, and they weren’t worried about Beroes proliferating because they only eat M. leidyi; as the M. leidyi population declined, so would the Beroes. SuddenlyBeroes appeared—but probably through ship ballast because no formal control program had begun. Yet the introduction was too late; by the late 1990s commercial fisheries in the Black Sea had collapsed, gutting fishing industries in six surrounding countries. Although M. leidyi has dwindled, “whether the fisheries will ever be able to recover, only time will tell,” Bailey says.

In the 2000s M. leidyi began to appear in the Caspian Sea. Worry rose again, butBeroes followed, either in ship ballast or by their own travel through a canal system that links the two bodies of water. So far, fisheries are surviving. The tale may not end there, however; M. leidyi has recently been found in the eastern Mediterranean and the North Sea.

So if you’re on a New England beach this summer, and you’ve got a snorkel and mask, you stand a chance of snagging your own M. leidyi, Bailey says. He’s even found them in busy Boston Harbor. You don’t have to worry about getting stung. Or maybe you do. It seems that when a small percentage of M. leidyi ingest a littler, stinging type of jelly, they somehow absorb and move the stinging cells to the inner surface of their lobes—just to add a little jolt to the sticky cells ready to latch onto you.

As an alternative, you could visit the New England Aquarium, which has a large, fascinating roomful of jelly tanks. You can get your eyeballs really close to a drifting M. leidyi, even take a video, thanks to a clear, unsticky, electrically insulating pane of glass.

Mark FischettiAbout the Author: Mark Fischetti is a senior editor at Scientific American who covers energy, environment and sustainability issues.

Monitoring Gulf Coral reefs is even more important after BP spill…

There is very necessary and willing group in Florida who have taken on the task of monitoring our reefs.  A very worthwhile cause Ocean Care Solutions supports, Reef Monitoring Inc. is a non-profit organization out of Clearwater, Florida dedicated to preserving our coastal reefs  in the Gulf ( http://www.reefmonitoring.org/ ).

I had the opportunity to exchange e mails with Captain Sean Patterson about what our company could do for the clean reef project.  We needed to know more…here is Capt. Patterson’s response;

The BP disaster in the Gulf really woke a few people up in the last few years. Reef Monitoring was collecting base-line data well before that “accident” but after that occurred, the need for it really has skyrocketed. It is hard to put a value on a natural resource that isn’t technically a commodity. However, in Florida, we can show tourism revenue and commercially harvested seafood from the Gulf to provide a direct dollar impact on our resources. Reef Monitoring has been seeking to apply the same to the in-shore or sport diving community. By accumulating base-line data of fish populations, we can directly prove a dollar amount lost due to something like an oil spill.

We also recently have been using natural indicator species (like the Purple Sea Whip) that is VERY fragile to changes in water quality to detect an on-coming problem before we see the symptoms. This is especially important in the wake of that oil spill. It breaks my heart that BP decided to use those dispersants at the head of the well on the bottom of the sea floor. Did it reduce the amount of oil floating to the surface and then washing up on the beaches? Absolutely.

But what they also did was make it impossible to clean up and potentially allow it destroy entire ecosystems for generations to come. The University of South Florida and NOAA have been tracking giant underwater plumes of oil that span hundreds of miles and are hundreds of feet deep. No way to clean it up. Sooner or later, those plumes are going to approach shore and instead of washing up on the beach, it will blanket our natural and artificial reefs and destroy them.  So, that’s kind of what is inspiring us to do what we do.

If you are interested in helping save our coral reefs…any amount is helpful…please go to this URL at: http://www.reefmonitoring.org/donations.html to make your tax free donation (501c3 compliant).  Your grand children will thank you.

 

 

Jellyfish & other marine stings..Know what to look for & what to do ….

Rashes that are the result of low-toxicity jellyfish can usually be taken care of by taking pain relievers and an antihistamine. Sometimes called sea bather’s eruption, described as a rash that occurs when a swimmer is stung by marine life larvae. The sea anemone and the thimble jellyfish are usually at the center of this condition but many other marine creatures can cause the itch as well. Sea bather’s eruption has many names, including sea lice, pika-pika, sea poisoning, sea critters, and ocean itch.

Keep in mind, however, that an allergic reaction can occur from even a mild sting, and any signs of this – breathing difficulty, fainting, confusion – should be dealt with by medical professionals.

Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish, Box jellyfish, and Lions Mane jellyfish can also produce potentially lethal stings and should be treated as quickly as possible. Emergency services should be summoned if a sting from these jellyfish has been received, but first aid treatment should also begin before the ambulance arrives. Having our Man o War First Aid Kit provides the injured with all the components and easy to follow instructions on exactly how to provide immediate relief. The same treatments should be instituted: removing tentacles, flushing with vinegar, and scraping the area, but watch the person for signs of more serious problems such as shock, cardiac arrest, or respiratory failure.  Seek medical attention immediately!!!!

According to WebMD recommendations: “if the person stung seems to be exhibiting symptoms of shock such as paleness, confusion, weak pulse, place them on their back with the feet elevated higher than the head. Use a blanket if they are cold, or provide shade if they are hot. Turn their head to the side in case of vomiting. Respiratory failure or cardiac arrest should be treated with CPR immediately. Tilt the victim’s head back and administer two breaths to the mouth (pinch the nose shut), after the breaths have been given, give 30 quick chest compressions. As soon as the chest compressions have been finished, return to the two breaths. If the person starts to breathe on their own, stop CPR, otherwise continue until emergency help arrives.”

Be prepared..know what to do…go to wwww.oceancaresolutions.com for information and tips on how to keep your beach visit safe……

First Aid for jellyfish stings…take precautions at the beach

When stung by jellyfish, the first reaction will usually be a burning skin rash. Very often the tentacles are still attached to the person’s body and will continue to discharge venom.

Use sea water to wash off the affected area – do not use fresh water as this will increase the level of pain. Our 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting relief spray is very viscous so our sting relief will stay where it is sprayed delivering a concentration of vinegar to the wound.

If you don’t have our spray or a bottle of vinegar handy, use any other acidic fluids like lemonade to flush the wound area as this will suffice in a pinch in shutting down the stinging cells called the  nematocysts .  Don’t waste your time thinking urine on a jellyfish sting, because that is totally ineffective as well as being disgusting.

Anyone helping to remove adhering tentacles should put on protective gloves first and use tweezers to carefully lift the tentacles off. At no time should the area be rubbed. Even after the tentacles have been removed, it will be likely that there are still nematocysts in the skin, and these should be taken off. Spray our sting relief solution on the wound, even though the relief will feel immediate, give our product about 3-4 minutes to thoroughly set up the remaining nematocysts for removal.  Use a credit card or knife to gently scrape the skin to remove the stinging cells and your done.

You may want to consider our Portuguese Man o War kit since this kit has all the medical protocol and components including a sterile saline solution to rinse the wound, tweezers and non-latex gloves to provide safe, effective first aid for a variety of jellyfish stings..Sort of a one stop shop for marine sting first aid…Don’t get stung without it !!