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Ocean Care Solutions new Lionfish Sting 1st Aid Kit expands company family of marine sting first aid products

Ocean Care Solutions is devoted to providing safe and effective marine sting first aid products for the consumer.  Our products have been tested true as each individual kit follows the medically accepted first aid protocol supported by life saving agencies, physicians and medical facility research groups worldwide.  Each kit has all the components necessary, with easy to follow instructions, to provide immediate 1st aid medical attention on a variety of marine stingers.  No matter what you pleasure at the ocean; sport fishing, surfing, scuba, distance swimming, snorkeling or just hangin’ out in the surf, always be prepared with Ocean Care Solutions first aid products….Available on line or select retailers…Ask for it by name..You’ll be glad your did !!

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Field use report from Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept

Over this past summer season, Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. provided Chief Peter Davis and supervising staff from the Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept. (www.galvestonbeachpatrol.com) with our Stingray and Man o War Sting First Aid Kits.

Here is the e mail OCS received from Chief Davis…

We did get to use the product quite a bit, although we used saline to wash the area as opposed to vinegar, thus following the recommendations of the USLA and medical protocols set by our medical director. People really seemed to respond well to it. They liked the packaging and the way it is a self contained treatment that they could potentially carry with them “just in case”.

Hope things are good with you. We had a fairly easy season as far as stings go, but enough for all of our supervisors to be able to use the product.

Take care,

Chief Peter Davis
Galveston Island Beach Patrol/Park Board Police Dept

Fire Coral..beautiful but dangerous..

Don’t learn about fire coral the hard way. Fire coral is related to jellyfish and anemones, and just like these creatures, it can really, really, sting. This Fire coral, Millepora sp., is beautiful, but dangerous.

Learn to identify fire coral and then be sure to avoid it! Divers should be on the look out for fire coral in tropical and subtropical seas. But if you do have an encounter with stinging fire coral, use our Ocean Care Fire Coral First Aid Kit…everything you need is in the bag..air tight, convenient to use and effective !! Don’t going diving without it !!


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Why use acetic acid (vinegar) on jellyfish stings?

Does vinegar work for all jellyfish stings? And how does it work?

Everyone has a theory on the best treatment for jellyfish stings -
vinegar, hot water, fresh water, urine, cold tea, warm beer.

Queensland experts advise that vinegar is best for jellyfish stings,
but not all stingers should be treated the same way, says Dr Lisa-Ann
Gershwin, director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Service.

Vinegar works extremely well for box jellyfish and their tiny cousins
the irukandji, found northwards along the coast from about where the
Queensland town of Bundaberg sits, says Gershwin.  Gershwin says all
jellyfish use the same delivery systems and triggers.

These nematocysts are little capsules filled with coiled up harpoon-
like barbs.  "Picture a knife serrated on both edges to help anchor it
into its victims flesh when it fires. There's venom on both the inside
and outside of the harpoon.

The capsule has a hair trigger, which is fired mechanically by touch.
It can also be fired by changes in density or chemistry such as ph
differences, or being exposed to fresh rather than salt water.  Although
the mechanism is the same, toxins from different types of jellyfish work
in different ways , which is why some jellyfish stings are more serious
than others. Box jellyfish stings, for example, lock the heart in a
contracted state.
"A box jellyfish sting is the worst imaginable pain, says Gershwin. "It
is instantaneous and feels like boiling oil."
Irukandji stings, on the other hand, start out as a mild sting but
then suddenly cascades 20 to 30 minutes after the sting into the
potentially fatal irukandji syndrome - high blood pressure, vomiting,
body spasms and profuse sweating.  Vinegar and tropical stingers
Scientists still don't know why vinegar works for tropical stingers,
says Gershwin

"We don't know exactly what's going on chemically, so as to why it
works, it's a mystery."  "It's a fluke that we even found out, but it
does work and it works better than anything else ever tested."

According to Gershwin vinegar somehow blocks the nematocysts or stinging
cells ability to fire, "it happens instantaneously as soon as the
vinegar is applied".  "It can't do anything about those that have already
fired, but it stops any more from shooting off. In a typical sting you
get maybe 10 per cent of nematocysts firing. But on a typical tentacle
there will be many thousands that haven't fired off yet."

Rubbing the stingers or pouring fresh water on them, however, should be
avoided, as this will cause the nematocysts to fire and make the sting
much worse, says Gershwin.

"The last thing you want to do is increase your toxic load if you've
already been stung."

Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin, the Director of the Australian Marine Stinger 
Advisory Service was interviewed by Stuart Gary. ABC Science


How intelligent are jellyfish?

by Neil Kelley..

In short: Cnidarians have a simple nervous system — but given their relatively simple hardware they show surprisingly sophisticated behavior.

Jellyfish have a decentralized nervous system (nerve net) coupled with a variety of relatively sophisticated sensory organs to detect light, orientation, salinity and physical stimulus and they can respond in a rapid and coordinated manner to these stimuli [1]. Jellyfish also show evidence of habituation to repeated stimuli suggesting a capacity for information storage in their relatively simple nervous system [2]. Arguably the most sophisticated jellyfish are the cubozans (box jellyfish) which possess complex image forming eyes and are capable of navigating complicated, obstacle laden environments [3].

1 – Albert 2011 “What’s on the mind of a jellyfish? A review of behavioral observations on Aurelia sp. jellyfish” Neuroscience and Bioehavioral Reviewsdoi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2010.06.001

2 – Johnson and Wuensch 1994 “An investigation of habituation in the jellyfish, Aurelia aurita”Behavioral and Neural Biology

3 – Coates et al. 2006 “The spectral sensitivity of the lens eyes of a box jellyfish”JEB 
doi: 10.1242/​jeb.02431


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Atlantic sea nettle or East Coast sea nettle…

Chrysaora quinquecirrha known as the Atlantic sea nettle or East Coast sea nettle is a species of jellyfish that inhabits Atlantic estuaries, such as the Chesapeake Bay. It is smaller than the Pacific sea nettle, and has more variable coloration, but is typically pale, pinkish or yellowish, often with radiating more deeply-colored stripes on the exumbrella, especially near the margin.  Click on the link for video:


The nettle’s sting is rated from “moderate” to “severe” and can be pernicious to smaller prey; it is not, however, potent enough to cause human death, except by allergic reaction. While the sting is not particularly harmful, it can cause moderate discomfort to any individual stung. The sting can be effectively neutralized by misting vinegar over the affected area. This keeps unfired nematocysts from firing and adding to the discomfort.

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The Sea Whip coral has 8 tentacles…

The Sea Whip, or soft corals, are colonial cnidarians so named because they lack the permanent, rigid skeleton of hard corals. As octocorallians, they possess 8 tentacles and 8 complete mesentaries. Leptogorgia virgulata colonies are moderately branching into whip-like stalks with 8 tentacles that can cause discomfort. Polyps occur in multiple rows along 2 sides of each branch and the branch color is variable ranging from shades of purple, red, orange or yellow. Polyps are white.  Theses corals are found from New York and the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and Brazil.



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Interesting information about jellyfish..

Jellyfish first appeared about 650 million years ago and found in every sea. Some also found a lot in freshwater. Medusa (Plural Medusae) is another term for jellyfish.

Medusa is another term jellyfish that lives in Greece, Finland, Portuguese, Romanian, Hebrew, Serbian, Croatian, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Slovakia, Russia and Bulgaria.

Because the jellyfish is not a spesien of fish, sometimes there are many false assumptions about the jellyfish, the American Public Aquariums therefore has popularized the use of the term jelly sea (sea jellies) instead.

The jellyfish have the deadliest poison and has caused thousands of deaths deaths since 1954. Each tentacle has about 500,000 sindasites harpoon shaped needles that inject venom into the victim.


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Rise of Jellyfish..

Jellyfish numbers are on the rise around the world, mostly as a result of overfishing according to jellyfish expert Ferdinando Boero, a professor of zoology at the University of Salento in Italy. “We are still hunters and gatherers, just as we were on land, and have overfished the ocean, creating a vacuum which is being filled by jellyfish,” Boero told the Underwater Times. “It’s not just happening in the Mediterranean but in seas all over the world.”

Thanks to overfishing, a majority of the jellyfish’s predators (tuna, shark, swordfish, moonfish and others) have been removed, creating a vacuum for jellyfish to thrive. Other factors giving rise to larger jellyfish populations include climate change and manmade alternatives to natural ecosystems.

Jellywatch.org provides information on worldwide jellyfish sightings, and is reliant on members of the public to provide reports by clicking on the “submit a sighting” button and filling out brief information. Created and maintained by scientist Steven Haddock and his colleague Katherine Elliott, the website not only provides an opportunity to submit jellyfish sightings, but sightings of other organisms as well, from red tides to vertebrates.

According to Professor Boero, monitoring jellyfish is not easy, because they cannot be seen from satellite. However, public reports are assisting scientists in tracking the patterns of the jellyfish. Just last year, more than 2,000 jellyfish sightings were recorded and this year’s records are higher.

Rising jellyfish numbers are a particular concern to tourist areas such as those on the Mediterranean coast, a traditional holiday spot for Britons where an influx of jellyfish could pose a serious threat to the well-being of swimmers and greatly reduce tourism dollars. The mauve stinger jellyfish caused more than 500 calls in a single day to French emergency services from tourists on a 10-mile stretch of the Mediterranean between Nice and Cannes in recent years, both from painful stings and swimmers reporting that they were surrounded by the species. The jellyfish’s sting can cause severe burns and sometimes scarring. From Australia to the Indo-Pacific region, an increasing number of people worldwide are being stung by jellyfish, with the most recorded cases in Australia. In the Philippines alone, the multi-tentacled box jellyfish causes 20 to 40 deaths every year. And the Americas have not escaped the sea jelly takeover. On September 25, 62-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was pulled from the water after being stung by a Portuguese man-of-war the day before. Her swim from Cuba to Florida was cut short two-thirds of the way to her destination.

These large organisms also cause problems for fisherman when they clog nets, making it more difficult to fish.

And the jellyfish problem is not easily remedied. Boero said he would like to see cooks use jellyfish as a food source, adding that they are a delicacy in China and Japan. “…If we don’t do anything about the situation all the indications from Jellywatch suggest that the Mediterranean is moving towards a gelatinous future, just like the rest of the seas of the world,” Boero said.

Article courtesy of emagazine.com


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Swarms of jellyfish invading the Med, warns top scientist

By Daily Mail Reporter

Enormous swarms of jellyfish – some of them deadly – are taking over the Mediterranean, a top scientist has warned.

The holiday hotspot, a favorite with Brits, has seen a sharp increase in numbers and could turn into an ‘ocean of jellyfish’.  

The scheme started in Italy and Israel three years ago after growing public fears over jellyfish ‘blooms’. Monitoring has since begun in Spain.

The man behind the plan, Professor of zoology Ferdinando Boero, warned: ‘Jellyfish cause problems for swimmers, particularly as some species are a real health hazard.

‘An Italian woman was killed last year after being stung by a Portuguese Man o’ War.


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