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BeachHunter’s Florida Gulf Beaches Access Guide: Finding Your Paradise on Florida’s Lower Gulf Coast

This is a guide to more than 120 beach access points on the Florida Gulf coast between Tarpon Springs and Marco Island. It does not cover panhandle beaches or Florida Key’s beaches. It is most useful for people traveling to Florida beaches by car, and will help you find parking, lifeguards, dog-friendly beaches, remote beaches, full-service beaches and much more. It’s much more than just a listing of access points. The author has personally visited and photographed all of the beaches in this book multiple times and provides detailed descriptions of what each beach offers as well as his personal recommendations.



Highly venomous jellyfish coming to a beach near you…Northeast U.S. sees Man o War

Significant blooms of venomous warm-water species of Mauve jellyfish and the Portuguese Man o War have arrived in numbers along the Atlantic east coast and north east coastal waters to the Hampton’s and beyond respectively.  both deliver potent and very painful stings.Many’s the argument as to the cause for the explosion of jellies worldwide with claims centered on global warming of sea waters is causing the biggest movement of marine species, according to a study by 17 different institutes, called Project Clamer. The Pelagia noctiluca “dominates in many areas and outbreaks have become an annual event, forcing the closing of beaches,” says the report.  “This form of jellyfish is a gluttonous predator of juvenile fish, so researchers consider its spread a harmful trend.”However, there was further bad news as the report also warned that the highly-venomous Portuguese Man O’War is also moving closer and in abundance.

Physalia physalis; a jellyfish-like creature (really a 4 organism siphonophore) usually found in subtropical waters, is more regularly being discovered in northern Atlantic waters as recently as the holiday weekend in Martha’s Vineyard of the Massachusetts coast.  Likely driven by warm current and winds not seen since 2006, the Man o War is not typically found this far north.  It is not uncharacteristic to see the Lion’s Mane, another nasty stinger, in the cooler waters typical to the northern shores now in addition to these animals.


It might be time to buy yourself a new pair of jelly shoes for the beach or take along OCS Jellyfish Sting Relief spray and/or  our MOW 1st Kit…We hope you don’t need it but if you do, you will be glad you have it..The Solution for marine sting injuries…Don’t get stung without it!!


Ocean Care Solutions, Offering Of The Year Nominee by the World Open Water Swimming Association

The nomination of Ocean Care Solutions reads,

Care is its middle name. Ocean Care Solutions is working hard to help stem the tide of the pain and discomfort caused by stinging organisms. Its products enable comforting relief from a number of jellyfish, Portuguese man o war, sea urchins, fire coral and stingrays. And Ocean Care Solutions goes beyond supplying a wide range of first aid kits that are widely acclaimed the world over. It provides information, a constant source of education about the global proliferation of jellyfish in the world’s oceans. For its desire to relief pain by working directly with the stakeholders in the open water swimming world, for its wide range of soothing solutions, for its sharing of information about the sea stingers that are a growing menace in the aquatic world, the Ocean Care Solutions line-up is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.”

Ocean Care Solutions, is a company specializing in the development, distribution and sales of marine life first aid kit. Its products have been designed to meet medical and marine science first aid protocols for these animal stings specific to each injury. Its easy-to-use kits, complete with everything necessary to effectively treat an injury, sets a new standard in marine sting treatment for the consumer.


OCS is very honored to be considered for this prestigious nomination as we continue to develop the latest marine sting products and education on their use in the field..Thank you WOWSA…

Warning Over Portuguese Man-Of-War in the Mediterranean

Man o War in the Mediterranean…This wasn’t always the case..sadly, in 2010 a 69 year old woman was stung off the coast of Sardinia, collapsed and died after what was thought to have been anaphylactic shock. Marine experts said they believed the tragic event to be the first fatal case in the Mediterranean – although each year thousands of people are stung by jellyfish suffering mainly pain and discomfort. Always seek medical attention if you know you have been stung by a Man O War…look for signs of shortness of breath, weakness, nausea…allergic reaction causing anaphylaxis happens quick…Know what to look for…


The King Jellyfish…more commonly known as the Box Jellyfish

The jelly fish which has the most toxic venom is the box jelly fish. It is called the king jelly fish too. The box jellyfish is by far the most feared animal of the deep as it has been the cause of numerous deaths around the world. The deadliness of the creature is sometimes felt as over rated because of the small size of the jelly fish, but this should not fool anyone. The box jelly fish is a small animal compared to other jelly specimens.

Jellyfish Species Spotlight: King Jellyfish  picture

The poison in the nematocysts acts on the breathing muscles of the person. It numbs it, making it difficult for the person to breathe. This eventually leads to suffocation. Death is almost a certainty if the person is not given immediate medical attention. This is nothing when compared to the intense pain which is felt. This pain has been described as excruciating and unbearable almost every time it has been recorded. This is what scares people.

The box jelly fish is also an expert at camouflage. It is transparent and blue in color, so in shallow waters, the animal becomes very difficult to see. The nematocysts are also very difficult to remove which, once lodged into the skin, require some expertise to remove. The box jellyfish makes up for its very small size very well with its intense poison and its ability to blend in with its environment.  Recommendations indicate 5% acetic acid to flush the wound but even so, it is very important to get the patient immediate medical attention. The chances of the person losing their life is very real.


What you need to know about Cnidaria phylum; the stinging family of jellies

They have several different basic morphologies that represent several different cnidarian classes including the Scyphozoa (about 200 species), Staurozoa (about 50 species), Cubozoa (about 20 species), and Hydrozoa (about 1000-1500 species that make jellyfish and many more that do not). The jellyfish in these groups are also called, respectively, scyphomedusae, stauromedusae, cubomedusae, and hydromedusae; “medusa” (plural “medusae”) is another word for jellyfish. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Some hydrozoan jellyfish, or hydromedusae, are also found in fresh water.

Jellyfish don’t have specialized digestive, osmoregulatory, central nervous, respiratory, or circulatory systems. They digest using the gastrodermal lining of the gastrovascular cavity, where nutrients are absorbed. They do not need a respiratory system since their skin is thin enough that the body is oxygenated by diffusion. They have limited control over movement, but can use their hydrostatic skeleton accomplish movement through contraction-pulsations of the bell-like body; some species actively swim most of the time, while others are passive much of the time. Jellyfish are composed of more than 90% water; most of their umbrella mass is a gelatinous material – the jelly – called mesoglea which is surrounded by two layers of epithelial cells which form the exumbrella (top surface) and subumbrella (bottom surface) of the bell, or body.

Jellyfish do not have a brain or central nervous system, but rather have a loose network of nerves, located in the epidermis, which is called a “nerve net”. A jellyfish detects various stimuli including the touch of other animals via this nerve net, which then transmits impulses both throughout the nerve net and around a circular nerve ring, through the rhopalial lappet, located at the rim of the jellyfish body, to other nerve cells. Some jellyfish also have ocelli: light-sensitive organs that do not form images but which can detect light, and are used to determine up from down, responding to sunlight shining on the water’s surface.

As I’ve said, Jellyfish has no bones, brains, head, heart, eyes, nor ears. But what a sting! The sting of some “jellies,” can be deadly while others are harmless to humans. Jellyfish are not fish at all. They are invertebrates, relatives of corals and sea anemones.  Here’s what to do….

1st…Don’t get stung but if you do…

A jellyfish fires its poison whenever its tentacles brush against an object. In humans, the poison usually causes a sharp, burning sensation that may last from minutes to hours.

1. Take note of jellyfish warning signs posted on the beach.

2. Be careful around jellies washed up on the sand. Some still sting if their tentacles are wet. Tentacles torn off a jelly can sting, too.

3. If you are stung, wash the wound with salt water only (DO NOT USE FRESH WATER as this can release additional toxins) then apply Ocean Care Solutions 5% acetic acid spray or vinegar..OCS spray being more effective.

4. Lifeguards usually give first aid for stings. See a doctor if you have an allergic reaction.

All jellies sting, but not all jellies have poison that hurts humans. Of the 2,000 species of jellyfish, only about 70 seriously harm or occasionally kill people. Listed below are the more dangerous jellies and where you can find—and avoid—them.

Lion’s mane

Atlantic Ocean from above the Arctic Circle to Florida; Gulf of Mexico; Pacific Ocean from Alaska to southern California

Portuguese man-of-war

Gulf of Mexico; Caribbean Sea near the Bahamas; West Indies; Mediterranean and the North Sea

Sea nettle

Chesapeake Bay; Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Southern California; Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida; Gulf of Mexico

Sea wasp

Pacific Ocean near northern Australia, Philippines

Always have Ocean Care Solutions First Aid Kits and Certified 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting first aid lotion on hand..

Don’t get stung without it!

Barnegat Bay jellyfish spreading south

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Article by Kirk Moore courtesy of Asbury Park Press…www.app.com  A Gannett Company

Stinging sea nettle jellyfish have spread to the southern reaches of Barnegat Bay, likely the result of a huge surge of jellyfish spawning during their 2011 population explosion, say scientists who are tracking the gelatinous animals again this summer.

“Last year was a banner year for these guys. I’m guessing the larval delivery was huge,” said professor Paul Bologna, the director of aquatic and coastal sciences at Montclair State University. This summer, Bologna got a call from a lagoon resident near the Route 72 causeway toward the bay’s southern end, asking him to identify a jellyfish.

Bologna and his colleague, professor John Gaynor, went to investigate the area.

“We went in and there’s thousands of them in the lagoon. But none in the bay,” he said. So far this summer, researchers know the jellyfish are as far south as Manahawkin in Stafford and have been reported just south of Waretown and the bay side of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island, Bologna said.

That means the sea nettles vaulted what had been thought of as a barrier — the saltier, better-flushed central bay inside Barnegat Inlet. But it’s apparent “the salinity really isn’t the limiting factor,” Bologna said.

The new sightings come on the heels of a grim Rutgers University report that says the bay’s ecological decline has spread south since the 1990s, as measured by a suite of indicators for water quality and environmental health, such as declining clams and underwater eelgrass beds.

While the southward advance is alarming, jellyfish conditions in the bay’s north end are not so severe as 2011, although people still should check it out before diving off a boat.

“This year in the northern part of the bay, they’re considerably less,” said Bologna, who with Gaynor and students measures the density of the swarms. Typical blooms in places like Kettle Creek and the Metedeconk River this year show one or two sea nettles per cubic meter (about a cubic yard) of water, compared to counts as high as 30 in 2011, he said.

Montclair State College professor Paul Bologna examines a stinging nettle that was acquired in the Toms River .

Montclair State College professor Paul Bologna examines a stinging nettle that was acquired in the Toms River . / THOMAS P. COSTELLO/staff photographer

“Last year was unbelievable,” said John Petrillo, director of youth sailing at the Bay Head Yacht Club, the biggest program on the bay with 167 students. “This summer, I haven’t treated any kids (for stings), which is unusual.”

Sea nettles have infested the bay’s northern end since at least 2004, when the first big summer swarms were seen, and can make some areas unswimmable for most of the summer. It’s uncertain why their numbers exploded, but Bologna has identified likely factors, ranging from the bay’s changing ecological conditions to the use of plastic in docks, which is an ideal surface for sea nettles in their polyp stage.

Sea nettle larvae settle on those surfaces and change into polyps, which bud off to create more of themselves. That kind of exponential reproduction is probably what’s populating the newly infested lagoons, Bologna said.

The bay’s north end is adjacent to Ocean County population centers and takes the brunt of nutrient pollution from stormwater runoff. Jellyfish can do well in those waters because they can tolerate the low-oxygen conditions that result from high temperatures and rotting algae blooms in summer, Bologna said.

Those conditions are common in lagoons with little flow or tidal flushing, so that could be why jellyfish in the south are in lagoons but not so much the open bay, he said.

Tidal flushing doesn’t do much for either end of the bay far from Barnegat Inlet, Bologna said. “It’s like an accordion. It squeezes the middle.”

Bologna said waterfront residents can report jellyfish sightings to the project by emailing him at bolognap@mail.montclair.edu


Studies indicate more potent jellyfish in Queensland & Northern Territory

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Article courtesy of www.news.com.au
Researchers have found that jellyfish in the Northern Territory and Queensland appear to produce venom that is more potent than the same species in other parts of Australia. Picture: Supplied Source: Supplied

WHETHER big or small, there’s a significant sting in the jellyfish lurking in northern Australian waters.

And studies suggest some jellyfish in Queensland and the Northern Territory produce venom that is more potent than the same species in other parts of Australia.

Emergency physician and toxicologist Dr Mark Little, from Cairns Base Hospital, said researchers had found differences in the venom of box jellyfish collected around the country.

Most deaths from box jellyfish stings – there have been about 70 since records began – have occurred in Queensland and the NT, although the species is also found in Western Australia.

And size does matter.

Dr Little said the box jellyfish become more dangerous when the bell reached a diameter of six to eight centimetres.

At this size, the number of stinging cells containing lethal venom increases.

“It looks like the size of the jellyfish matters,” Dr Little told AAP.

Intriguingly, the change coincides with an alteration in the box jellyfish diet from prawns to fish, switching from devouring invertebrates to vertebrates.

The knowledge could enable researchers to pinpoint when the jellyfish, which appears to be more deadly to children, is more likely to be lethal, Dr Little said.

Although antivenom is available to treat box jellyfish stings, which result in painful welts and rashes, it may not adequately treat every patient due to the variations in venom.

But the sting of the decent-sized box jellyfish pales in comparison to the thumbnail-sized irukandji.

Victims are unmarked by this tiny jellyfish, but several hours after being stung they thrash about with severe back and kidney pain comparable to the agony of labour, Dr Little said.

Often, huge doses of morphine – between 30g to 40g – are needed to relieve the excruciating pain, he said.

The venom can lead to heart failure and bleeding in the brain, which has caused the deaths of two middle-aged male tourists in the past 10 years.

The only treatment for irukandji stings is pain relief, which is why researchers have been trying to develop a more effective therapy.

One recommended approach uses magnesium, but when Cairns researchers tested it on about 20 people and compared it in a placebo-controlled trial, the results were negative.

Dr Little, who will discuss the two jellyfish at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Winter Symposium in Cairns on Sunday, said the small study size or dose used may have been responsible for the lack of results.

One thing’s certain – Dr Little knows which jellyfish he’d prefer to tangle with.

“I’d prefer not to get stung, but if I got stung I’d want to get stung by a box jellyfish,” he said.

“It’s nowhere near as painful.”

Jellyfish stings increase in Southern California


Shark attacks aren’t the only things beach goers have to worry about. Jellyfish stings can be painful and really ruin a vacation.(Photo : Reuters)

If you are planning to spend your next vacation on the shores of Southern California this summer, be careful, because giant killer sharks are not the only dangers you’ll face out there.

California lifeguards have seen a noteworthy increase in the number of jellyfish stings on the ocean side in the month of July. According to reports, more than 135 people were stung by jellyfish in a single day in Encinitas.

The increase in the number of Black Sea Nettle and Purple Stripe Jellyfish in the San Diego area are due to the warmer waters of southern currents, officials have said.

In December 2010, a giant Black Sea Nettle jellyfish first appeared along the California coastline. It’s appearance opened the debate about the origin of the creature and questions of where it came from. Black jellyfish can grow up to 3-feet wide with trailing tentacles that are 30-feet long.

Ocean Care Solutions 5% acetic acid Jellyfish Sting Relief is proven effective for a variety of stinging jellies including the animals now found on SoCal beaches..Don’t get Stung without it !!

Article courtesy of www.travelerstoday.com

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 !!