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OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution tames the Lion's Mane sting injury

We recently received a message from Gerry Claffey, an open water swimmer from Dublin, Ireland regarding an incident where a friend was stung my a Lion’s Mane…Gerry’s feed back was picked up by Steven Munatones from the Open Water Swimming Daily News and highly regarded member of the OWS organization..Here is that article


Lion’s Mane Tamed

Gerry Claffey of Ireland passed along this message to Ocean Care Solutions, “A friend of mine got hit in the face by a Lion’s Mane jellyfish last week in Dublin, Ireland.His face was bright red getting out of the water. Then, the pain started. It typically lasts 8-24 hours.But this other guy at the swim had a bottle of [the Ocean Care Solutions] creme and put it on all over his face. Within an hour he got a text back that his pain was gone.”
Let us hear your sting story and be sure to take along Ocean Care Solutions Jellyfish Sting Relief spray.  Proven safe and effective on a number of stinging jellies…..Don’t get stung without it !!

Ocean Care Solutions & the U.S.L.A…setting the record straight

It was brought to our attention today that OCS was in violation of the United States Lifesaving Association trademark logo use.  Our use, albeit in good will, created another conundrum all together different than our intention.; one we would like to clarify.
First of all, we would like to apologize to the U.S.L.A. for any inconvenience our improper use of their logo on our website may have caused.  As an associate member of the U.S.L.A., in conjunction with our focus in supporting any quality organization or social cause, believed by including the logo to our site page; we would be showing our support. We did not consider, by doing so, our actions would become an implied product endorsement by the U.S.L.A.. We regret any confusion or displaced belief.
For the record, the U.S.L.A. does not endorse our products nor have we asked the U.S.L.A.or any organization for an endorsement.  Admittedly, we have supplied, over years, several life guard/beach units across the country with a variety of our marine sting products for feedback and not endorsement as may be thought.  We respect the efforts of front line life savers and could ask for no better opinion source related to marine stings and first aid application but never meant nor ever claimed to have endorsements from any medical, scientific or life saving organization.
While major endorsements can be the center piece for marketing any commercial good, OCS began our product vision based on marine science research found in medical and fact based scientific and medical journals.  Our philosophy, from the beginning, has been to focus on the truth about marine animals and marine sting science.  We developed our 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting relief spray and marine sting kits to meet published medical and scientific journals written by the foremost authorities in the field dating back to 1984.  Our goal is and will be to educate the consumer about marine stings, debunk myths, supply up to date reports, address first aid options, and deliver a quality product that is effective, safe and supported by medical science.
On the subject of marine first aid protocol, given the proliferation of jellyfish blooms worldwide and public consciousness at heighten levels, we believe providing the latest facts and information about marine sting first aid to be the bench mark for who we are.  Even so, medical first aid  for marine stings is a slippery slope.  Protocols change often based on increased findings and heightened awareness for potential negative reactions to first aid by the injured.  Several well respected medical and first aid organizations, including the U.S.L.A., have recently dropped the use of vinegar in favor of a simple rinse of saline. Research findings and new protocols are a combination of science and applied theory so, not all medical authorities agree with this most basic attempt to provide pain relief.
Changes in medical opinion and first aid protocol have come and gone over the years but 5% acetic acid, in our view, remains at the center of decades long medical validation and is the most viable first aid pain relief for jellyfish stings.  Certainly we have a vested interest in saying so but our endorsements come from use testimonials, including self inflicted envenomations to know our product representations were true.
We live in a democracy so there is a choice as to what’s the best jellyfish sting relief first aid product for you.  We hope you choose Ocean Care Products because it works.  After all, it’s your endorsement we really want.

G. Verten Jellyfish in Mashpee pond 'small but nasty'..Cape Cod

What remains uncertain is how clinging jellyfish came to our region. Clinging jellyfish are native to “quiet waters” of northern Japan and from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to northern California, according to the National Park Service’s Marine Invasive Species website.

They might be spread by a variety of methods, according to the Park Service, including water currents and in the ballast of ships.

The sting of the clinging jellyfish can be more potent in and around Japan, according to the Park Service website, potentially causing severe reactions — even fatal anaphylactic shock — to those sensitive to its sting.



Stingrays do not aggressively attack humans, though stings do normally occur if a ray is accidentally stepped on. To avoid stepping on a stingray in shallow water, the water should be waded through with a shuffle. Alternatively, before wading, stones can be thrown into the water to scare stingrays away.

Contact with the stinger causes local trauma (from the cut itself), pain, swelling, muscle cramps from the venom, and later may result in infection from bacteria. The injury is very painful, but seldom life-threatening unless the stinger pierces a vital area. The barb usually breaks off in the wound, and surgery may be required to remove the fragments.

Be sure to take along “The Solution” for safe and effective sting injury first aid when going to the beach, swimming, surfing, wind surfing or sport fishing..you’ll be glad you did…And don’t forget to check out our full line of marine sting first aid products…

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Alternatively Speaking: Stopping the sting..

Alternative medicine expert Natalie Marx answers your questions: Any natural treatments for jellyfish stings?

JellyfishPhoto: Thinkstock

Q. Dear Natalie, I promised to take my children to the beach this summer however I am nervous since it is jelly fish season. Are there any natural treatments for jellyfish stings?A. If you find yourself on the beach with no remedy to hand, then simply rinse the sting with seawater, cover it with sand and use the edge of a seashell to “shave” the area. This procedure removes the nematocysts without triggering the release of more venom. Make sure you do not touch tentacles with bare hands and do not rub the stung area.

Although there is the desire to, try to avoid rinsing with fresh water since this increases additional venom release. Vinegar is perhaps the most common remedy most used by life guards today. The acetic acid in vinegar stops nematocysts from releasing jellyfish venom. Generously soak the area with a vinegar compress for 15 minutes, and then you can use gloves or tweezers to remove the tentacles. Once removed, soak the area in vinegar again.

Another useful aid to pop into your beach bag is baking soda. Apply a generous layer of baking soda; this prevents nematocysts which have not been activated from releasing their venom. Leave it on for half an hour. Scrape the wet paste off with the edge of a sea shell (or a credit card). Afterwards rinse off with saltwater or vinegar. You can reapply this technique as often as needed.

Another simple tip is using citrus fruit. Fresh citrus juice squeezed from either lemons or limes contains acetic acid, therefore having a similar effect to vinegar.

Don’t forget our OCS 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting relief..it’s recommended, safe and effective..Don’t get stung without it !!

Jellyfish Cut Off the sea to swimmers in Spain..Vinegar recommended for stings

By Eyleen Sheil  Gibraltar Chronicle

INVASION OF THE BODY STINGERS Hundreds of jellyfish have hauled up the red flag at Gibraltar’s beaches and provided Tara Bossano-Anes a bit of shoreline fishing activity.
Hundreds of jellyfish have accumulated in Catalan Bay and nearby areas, over the weekend. Red flags flew at both Eastern Beach and Catalan Bay on Saturday, however, only Catalan Bay had the red flag flying yesterday.

Unable to swim in amongst the jellyfish, children collected the jellyfish into their nets and proceeded to pile them on the beach, where they will dry out and break down quickly as they are mostly water. Caution needs to still be taken around jellyfish on the beach, in or out of water, any jellyfish you see has the potential to sting if touched.

The species of jellyfish that have arrived have the Latin name Pelagia Noctiluca, commonly called luminous jellyfish or mauve stinger. Known for their colour, they can change from pale red to mauve-brown, they may grow up to 10cm in diameter and the exumbrella surface (the outer, convex surface of the umbrella of jellyfishes), is covered in pink or mauve nematocyst bearing warts.   Shaped like a mushroom, it has 16 marginal lobes, eight marginal sense organs and eight, hair-like marginal tentacles.

Jellyfish are widely known for their sting, and very much like a bee, it leaves its stinger embedded in the person. Treatment of a sting is done in two stages, the first step is to deactivate any stingers, remove stingers by applying shaving foam to the sting area and scraping the skin closely with a razor, knife blade, or credit card, or rub sand over it to dislodge the stingers. The second step is to remove the stingers from the person’s skin, you can do this by blotting or pouring 3-10% percent acetic acid solution (white vinegar) on the sting with a clean cloth. Protective clothing needs to be worn by the person removing the stings.

If the sting occurred in salt water, using fresh water can cause the stingers to inject more venom, and therefore become more painful. Urinating on it does not help, that is an urban legend.

Arriving into Gibraltar via the tides it is uncertain at present as to when they will leave.

Ocean Care Solutions 5% acetic acid is recommended, scientifically and medically supported safe and effective.  don’t get stung without it !!

Taking a look at select species of California Sea Urchins…

Sea urchins are classified as Echinodermata, which means “spiny skinned”. The 6,000-member phylum also includes sea stars, brittle stars, sea lilies and sea cucumbers.

Although there are more than 700 species of sea urchins, just four of those found off California’s coast — white, purple, crowned and red — are the focus of this article.
The white urchin (Lytechinus anamesus) is the smallest and, in my opinion, most intriguing sea urchin found in our waters, with a test that grows to about two inches in diameter. It and the purple urchin decorate themselves with pieces of shells, rocks and kelp, which are held in place by tube feet. Since sea urchins have no eyes, I wonder how they choose what they “wear” Is this determined by weight, size or texture? Can the urchin tell whether an item is living or dead? No matter how they are chosen, the decorations give the animal a rakish appearance. No one has yet discovered why urchins decorate themselves, though it could be for protection and/or camouflage or, in the case of small purple urchins that live in shallow intertidal waters, to prevent desiccation.
White sea urchins range from the Channel Islands to the Gulf of California, from shallow subtidal waters to depths of 1,000 feet. At certain times of the year, divers encounter large numbers of them but just why they aggregate is unknown.
The tests of purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) can grow to a diameter of three inches. In areas with a lot of surge, purple urchins often live in holes they’ve bored with their sharp spines and teeth. Both purple and red urchins are usually found in aggregations. Purple urchins and their roe are considerably smaller than red sea urchins and there has never been a large fishery for them. They are found from Alaska to Baja California and from intertidal waters down to 30 feet.
The crowned sea urchin (Centrostephanus coronatus) is twice as large (six inches in diameter) as a purple urchin. This species resembles the long-spined urchin found in tropical waters and ranges from the Channel Islands to the Galapagos, where it can be found from shallow waters to depths of 350 feet. While white and red urchins live out in the open, the crowned urchin lodges itself in crevices. The long, thin, serrated spines of this urchin are twice as long as the diameter of the test and a favorite refuge of bluebanded gobies. While the white, purple and red urchins prefer a diet of kelp, the crowned is described by Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates (1989) as “mostly carnivorous” and nocturnal.
The red sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) is SoCal’s largest urchin, with a test that can have a diameter of nearly eight inches. A commercial fishery for red sea urchin gonads has existed in California since 1971. It peaked in the early 1990s, when diligent divers could earn $10,000 a week harvesting them. Urchin gonads (roe) are eaten raw. The price paid to fishermen is based on the roe’s size, color, texture and firmness, which are sampled when the urchins are harvested. Male gonads are yellow and have a sour taste while female gonads are red and sweet. The color of red urchins varies from bright red to dark purple or black and the animals can be found from intertidal waters down to 300 feet, from Alaska to Baja.

Article courtesy of California Diving News authored by Bonnie Cardone.. The author wishes to thank Shane and Genny Anderson for their assistance with this article.

If you step on one of these, be sure to have along our Ocean Care Solutions Sea Urchin First Aid Kit…every thing you need to deliver effective first aid..Light weight, heat sealed, water proof and durable foil pouch can go where you go..Don’t get stung without it !!




The box jellyfish kills more people than any other marine creature!

Jellyfish are strangely beautiful creatures with gossamer bodies and long streamers of stingers. In an aquarium, they are living art, but in the ocean they can be unexpected death! The box jellyfish is also known as the sea wasp, and is the killer of the ocean. Forget the shark, the box jellyfish can cause death or, at the very least, a lot of pain.

Jellyfish use their stinging tentacles to get their food. Their stingers not only kill plankton and small fish, but are also used to direct the killed food up towards the jellyfishes mouth where the food is quickly eaten by the mouth. What’s interesting about jellyfish is that they don’t actually have hearts, bones, or even a brain. They merely act and feed because of nerve impulses.

Without brains, it could hardly be said that jellyfish are coldhearted killers, even if they can cause a lot of pain and inconvenience to swimmers.  5% acetic acid Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution is recommended effective for the box envenomation…even so, always seek medical attention when stung by a Box jellyfish..

Nevertheless, humans make their mark on the jellyfish population. Japan and several other countries consider jellyfish to be a delicacy. It is dried and then sold for consumption. It is high in protein. Would you try eating jellyfish?

Article and photo courtesy of http://www.omg-facts.com