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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

By the Wind Sailors..Stinging Cnidarians

Image via Wikimedia

Firstly; By-the-wind Sailor, what a wonderfully romantic name!  They get it from their lifestyle which is similar to our very own Portuguese Man o’ War, although they are much smaller and clearly a lot less famous. Sailors reach about 7 centimetres across and have quite a tough, rigid sail to harness the wind. It’s actually made of chitin, like insect exoskeletons. The sail I mean, not the wind. Like the Man o’ War, individuals have sails that bear either left or right into the wind so that when thousands are washed up on a beach, another few thousand have been sent in the opposite direction. When you have one sail and no oars or boat propeller I suppose something like that is necessary. A 50-50 chance is better than none at all! Surrounding the sail are rings of air filled tubes to provide buoyancy.

Image via Wikipedia

Despite the lovely name and care-free (until you hit the rocks) life style, By-the-wind Sailors are Cnidarians, which means they are meat eating, stinging monsters. In this case the tentacles are short, only about 1 cm long, and hang down below the edge of the disc and into the sea. They feed on tiny plankton of various kinds and seem to be completely harmless to humans, clearly a terrible disaster for their chances of fame.

It looks like most people consider By-the-wind Sailors to be made up of hydroid colonies, again, much like the Portuguese Man o’ War. Instead of one, big animal, it’s actually made up of lots of little ones that work together. It looks like others disagree and prefer to see it as something more like a floating, upside down Sea anemone with a sail on its foot. They both sound great to me!

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Either way, By-the-wind Sailors are all either male or female. When they mate, they first produce thousands of tiny jellyfish. These are about 3 mm across and are slightly brown because of their friends; inside their bodies are tiny microalgae that can gain energy from the Sun and provide some to their host. They are effectively paying for bed and board, which is nice of them. Eventually, the jellyfish will release sperm or eggs into the water to create new By-the-wind Sailors. Its a pretty odd life cycle, but then Cnidarians are utterly immersed in oddity so we’ll just have to get used to it.

I find it strange that I hadn’t heard of these creatures before. Loads of them get washed up all along the West coast of the US every year and they’ve even done the same in good ol’ Blighty. They look lovely with their rich, blue colours and concentric circles, yet there doesn’t seem to be great deal written about them. Shame. Looks like the Portuguese Man o’ War has stolen all the limelight!

Because the animal is a stinging cnidarian, although OCS has not had the opportunity to test our sting relief solution on this particular animal, all things considered, we are certain our product will provide effective sting relief should you get stung.


Article courtesy of Real Monstosities..

Australia's Box Jellyfish: Most Venomous Animal in the World

Documentary featuring Phillippe Cousteau and Jamie Seymour, venom biologist, James Cook University Queensland tracking the Australian Box Jellyfish…Don’t do this at home !!!




The Marine Sting Institute has recommended the use of 5% acetic acid (vinegar) on the Box jellyfish envenomation.  While the animal is extremely dangerous and life threatening, application of vinegar on the way to the hospital for medical care can provide relief.

Ocean Care Solutions Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution is 5% acetic acid has proven safe, fast acting and effective on the Box jellyfish injury.  Don’t get stung without it !!

Jellyfish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

An assortment of jellyfish at the National Aquarium’s Jellies Invasion exhibit in Baltimore, MD. Jellyfish featured in the exhibit include: Atlantic Sea Nettle, Pacific Sea Nettle, Purple Striped Jelly, Moon Jelly, Spotted Lagoon Jelly, Blue Blubber Jelly, Upside-Down Jelly, Leidy’s Comb Jelly, Northern Sea Nettle, Black Sea Nettle, Lion’s Mane Jelly, and Egg Yolk Jelly. Enjoy.

If you get stung by any of these animals, use Ocean Care Solutions’ Jellyfish Sting Relief..Fast acting, safe and effective..Don’t get stung without it  !!


ARC and AHA recommend 5% acetic acid for jellyfish stings first aid..

The American Red Cross and American Heart Association announced changes to guidelines for administering first aid. Among the revisions are updated recommendations for the treatment of snake bites, anaphylaxis (shock), jellyfish stings and severe bleeding. The First Aid Guidelines are being published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Volunteer experts from more than 30 national and international organizations joined the Red Cross and the American Heart Association in reviewing 38 separate first aid questions. Experts analyzed the science behind them and worked to reach consensus on the treatment recommendations

In looking at the treatment of jellyfish stings, the revised guidelines reaffirm the recommendation to use vinegar to treat the sting. The vinegar neutralizes the venom and may prevent it from spreading. After the vinegar deactivates the venom, immersing the area in hot water for about 20 minutes is effective for reducing pain.

Ocean Care Solutions’ Jellyfish Sting Relief is specially formulated with 5% acetic acid is safe, gentle on your skin and very effective pain relief for a wide variety of jelly species and range of marine stings. Don’t get stung without it  !!

Beachhunter.net reviews OCS marine sting products…

Produced by David McRee from www.blogthebeach.com…David is not a member of the staff at OCS, he was not paid a fee for service nor does he sell our line of products.  Mr McRee provides helpful tips and information about a variety of human interest topics related to Florida beaches, beach safety and first aid treatments, beach and weather conditions, local news interests, hotel, restaurants, rentals and much more.  Please check out the Utube video.



Lion's Mane Jellyfish..a giant among jellyfish

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish

Image:  Dan Hershman via flickr
The lion’s mane jellyfish is a giant among jellyfish. In fact it’s the giantest of all jellyfish yet known, even if ‘giantest’ isn’t a word. They are found only in the northern hemisphere. Actually they’re found only in the northern half of the northern hemisphere, right up into the freezing waters of the Arctic. They really, really like cold water.
Lion’s mane jellyfish come in a wide variety of sizes depending on how far north they are. Those that approach the warmest waters they tolerate, around half way to the equator, are smaller and a pale orange colour. The wobbly jelly body, known as the bell, may be a mere 50 centimetres in diameter. Pff, whatever.
As we move north into colder waters, we find the lion’s mane getting darker in colour and bigger in size. Eventually they become the monstrosities we really want to see (from a safe distance) – dark crimson with a bell up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) across and tentacles trailing 120 feet behind. That’s really long by the way. Longer even than the blue whale, the biggest animal to have ever lived. I’m guessing this ridiculous size is more about getting enough food in colder seas, rather than the jellyfish having a stretch in the cold or something.
Food for this creature is anything from tiny animal plankton to small fish and other jellyfish. The lion’s mane’s (seems odd to write that) bell is arranged into 8 lobes each with 60 to 130 tentacles, adding up to lots and lots of tentacles. Naturally, they sting. Thankfully, they are not lethal to humans. Hundreds of 100 foot tentacles… I think we got lucky there. The Lion’s Mane (and now I feel like going down the pub) also has a load of arms at the centre of the tentacles. They’re much shorter and help with actually getting food into it’s mouth. That could be quite a journey!
Interestingly, a whole host of little fish swim about with the lion’s mane, escaping death by tentacle and using them for protection instead. They can even pluck out bits of food before it reaches the jellyfish’s mouth. I don’t know if the lion’s mane jellyfish is capable of getting annoyed, but if it can, that would probably do it.

OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution is proven effect on a wide variety of jellyfish species including the Lion’s Mane..Safe, effective and lidocaine free, our doctor recommended 5% acetic acid solution is the best choice for first aid and pain relief…Don’t get stung without it  !!

What is a Jellyfish ??

What Is a Jellyfish?

Portuguese Man-of-War

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The Portuguese man-of-war is not technically a jellyfish; at least it is not a “true” jellyfish. The man-of-war belongs to a large group of similar creatures (of the subphylum Medusozoa). This grouping is divided into four classes, but only one of them includes the true jellyfish.

The man-of-war is a Hydrozoa, which consists primarily of colonial creatures made of several zooids connected together.

True jellyfish are single organisms that belong to the class Scyphozoa, which includes moon (or common) jellyfish and lion’s mane jellyfish. They have stingers and two life phases like men-of-war, but their dome-shaped bodies display a beautiful four-part symmetry.

There are two other classes. The first, Cubozoa, are square-shaped creatures known for their extremely potent venom, like the Irukandji jellyfish and box jellies (also known as sea wasps). Staurozoa, the second, have unique life cycles and live out their days attached to the seafloor. They look more like sea anemones than jellyfish.


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Available on line or at your favorite retailer Jan. 2012

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Heather Brinson Bruce  Answers

Jellyfish invasion in New Zealand..Man o War and the Mauve

An invasion of jellyfish has hit Wellington sparking warnings for people to be careful and to keep dogs out of the water.

At least two dogs have been treated after being stung in the water off Lyall Bay and Ritchie Wards, a fisherman off the Petone wharf, this week had to cut his line free after snagging jellyfish.

”As I was bringing in my line it was covered in this thick tentacle sludge,” he said.

Later that evening he saw ”hundreds” of jellyfish at Oriental Bay.

”I would say there were three different types: one that was clear with black/brown spots, another that had a pink centre and lastly a much larger variety … that had a head the size of a large dinner plate, seemed to have an orange-looking core that almost resembled an octopus and long clear tentacles.”

Another reader spotted hundreds off large jellyfish with long tentacles off Scorching Bay.

Shown a photograph of this jellyfish, Otago University marine scientist senior lecturer Miles Lamare said it appeared to be a jellyfish known in Europe as a mauve stinger.

”They will sting but are not deadly as other jellyfish such as the box jellies or Portuguese man-o’-war.”

However, the potentially-fatal Portuguese man-o’-war had been found in New Zealand waters.

Mauve stingers were usually found in open and warm waters, and had been reported in topical waters as densely-packed as 600 individuals per cubic meter or water.

”There is also some thought that numbers of jellyfish are increasing due to climate change and loss of predators,” Dr Lamare said.

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean visited Lyall Bay beach today and said there were a lot of iridescent blue jellyfish with tentacles up to half-a-metre long washed up.

He warned people to keep their dogs out of the water and away from the high tide mark.

”If these things are stinging dogs it might be good for people to take caution.”

Miramar vet Allan Probert said his surgery had seen two dogs today which had been stung at Lyall Bay Beach.
He speculated they may be Portuguese man-o’-war jellyfish.

Julian Hodge, from Island Bay Marine Education Centre, said Portuguese man-o’-war were tropical and northern sub-tropical jellyfish and it was ”highly unlikely” they had reached Wellington.

The swarms of different jellyfish in Wellington right now had  been brought down the east coast of the North Island in a warm current then got blown back into Wellington when they got hit by strong southerlies in the Cook Strait.

Last summer a swimmer reported seeing two Portuguese man o’ war in the water off Waiheke.

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