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Seasons change but the Portuguese Man o War never do….

As the seasons and winds change in the U.S., the Portuguese Man o War begin to arrive in large numbers.

First of all, there are no real seasons for the Man o War, as such, but because of wind currents associated with season change and weather interruptions, the Man o War is on the leading edge of those winds since it has no propulsion system other than inflating it’s crown with gas and catching the wind.

man o war..beachedTx

What is typically recognized however, is the Man o War are, as a general rule, found along and around the Florida coast lines to Pensacola from late October thru February, the largest concentration generally in Nov and Feb.; the same as Costa Rica from March to May and to some degree the 10th day after every full moon in Hawaii. There is a long history of documenting these events so it is reasonable to believe these expectations every year.

Now, if you were stung by a Man o War, you were stung by an Atlantic Portuguese Man o’ War. There is no jellyfish specie known as a Man o’ War..A MOW is a siphonophore..a colony of 4 organisms..don’t have enough time and space to detail that ..there are 3 species of Man o War but all the same if that makes sense..the Atlantic, the recently acknowledge Pacific and the Blue Bottle Man o War..the Atlantic reported to have the nastiest sting but how would one compare them as all three are very painful. They differ in size with the Atlantic the largest and the blue bottle the smallest but don’t think for an instant that changes how nasty the stings are.

The indications that you have been stung by a Man O’ War are: Stinging, burning, redness, swelling of lymph nodes. You may see long welt lines. In some people sensitive to the Man O’ War venom, there may be severe reactions, including difficulty with breathing and cardiac arrest.

The sting toxin secreted from the tentacles is a neurotoxin about seventy-five percent as powerful as cobra venom. The welts can last for minutes to hours.

Studies on the effectiveness of meat tenderizer, baking soda, papain, or commercial sprays (containing aluminum sulfate and detergents) on nematocyst stings have been contradictory. It’s possible these substances cause further damage.

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The root-arm medusa often settles on seaweeds and Zostera (eel grass)

Cladonema radiatum is a small anthomedusa whose dome-shaped umbrella reached 6 mm in diameter. The whitish manubrium which bears the gonads can be seen through the translucent umbrella. On the margin of the umbrella, there are generally eight elongated bulbs from where branched tentacules stretch out. Under each one of these bulbs, 1 to 4 stalked buttons are used to stick on the substratum. The root-arm medusa often settles on seaweeds and Zostera. Belonging to planktonic species, it has a hopping way of swimming, then it suddenly folds its tentacles and let itself fall. Present from June to October, it can be very abundant during warm periods and can cause tingling sensation to bathers. This little medusa is the sexual swimming form of a small hydroid living fixed to seaweeds, marine plants and rocks.

It is found in the North-Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Mediterranean Sea. It is also listed in Japan.


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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…

Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. Maintains 5% Acetic Acid Jellyfish Sting Relief Solution as most effective sting aid

The company continues to break ground with innovative new products while remaining committed to scientific and medical sting protocol standards..Los Angeles, Ca.

Ocean Care Solutions, Inc., specializing in state of the art marine sting first aid kits and 5% acetic acid jellyfish sting relief spray, continues to break ground with innovative new products while remaining committed to scientific and medical sting protocol standards established through decades of research dating back to 1984. “We specifically developed our jellyfish sting relief spray as well as all our products to be at the core of effective jellyfish and select marine sting relief first aid based on first hand experience and the sheer volume of medical and scientific reports, publications and medical professional recommendations,” says Kevin Freeman, President of Ocean Care Solutions, Inc.

“The use of acetic acid as a sting neutralizer on a expansive variety of jellyfish species, clearly embraced by medical and scientific organizations worldwide, remains at the center of our family of marine sting first aid products,” claimed Freeman. ” The secret to our product lies in the precise acetic acid concentration perfectly suspended in a spray that elegantly doubles as a means of stinging cell removal while addressing welts,” continued Freeman. The company reports Ocean Care marine sting products have consistently exhibited safe and effective sting pain relief as increasing numbers of consumers utilize the kits and jellyfish sting relief spray in the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific Rim markets. The company produces four state of the art marine animal sting first aid kits including a stingray, sea urchin, fire coral and Portuguese man o’ war first aid pack. Each kit contains all the medical components necessary to meet and exceed the generally accepted medical first aid guidelines for each specific animal sting injury including gloves, tweezers, bandages, ointments and a snap activated heat bar capable of maintaining 118 degrees for 20 minutes. “The addition of the heat bar is significant since applying heat has been scientifically proven to be far better than ice (Australian Medical Journal 2006). “In the field, there are few, if any, hot water sources found which results in significant delays in addressing a sting injury, so providing the heat bar is an important part in attaining effective pain relief,” affirms Freeman.

Ocean Care Solutions’ full line of marine sting products incorporate the most comprehensive medical and marine science first aid protocols for likely but unfortunate run-ins with a number of stinging sea animals including the man o’ war. The question is not ‘if’ but ‘when’ a sting will occur. While acetic acid is the standard recommendation for jellyfish, the man o’ war sting injury first aid protocol has been changed in some nation locations but not necessarily adopted by all U.S. medical directors.

The man o’ war, commonly referred to as a jellyfish, is actually a colony of organisms called a siphonophore that delivers a very potent sting toxin. It is arguably one of the ocean’s most dangerous cnidarians along with the Box and Irukandji found in Australian waters. Recent guideline changes in Australia, reflect a concern that the presence of acetic acid in first aid may intensify the stinging pain for a Man o War injury. This change contradicts decades of research recommending the application of vinegar for the Man o War sting by the very same organization. A number of U.S.medical resources have adopted those guidelines out of organizational respect but disagreement exists with medical authorities over whether to use vinegar or not on specifically the man o’ war envenomation.

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“Admittedly, not all scientists and medical professionals agree, but we maintain, based on the strength of evidence employing acetic acid on marine stings, our line of products has shown a consistent pattern as 100% effective, including use on the man o’ war, ” continued Freeman. “We invested years of research investigation and corroborating jelly sting first aid reports from the who’s who of international marine sting medical institutions and scientific professionals. This includes those from well respected research institutions in Australia. A dependable pattern of unbiased, fact-based science emerged from the mix,” claims Freeman. “At least until now,” continued Freeman.

Ocean Care Marine Sting first aid kits are specially designed to meet the accepted medical protocol to deliver effective pain relief for the Man o War, Stingray, Sea Urchin & Fire Coral injuries..

It should be noted generally accepted international toxic marine envenomation medical protocol has been and generally is the medical standard established within Australian waters and, therefore, centered on regional animal research only. International medical institutions, including well respected U.S. organizations, routinely adopt Australia’s marine sting first aid guidelines including the man o’ war. Australian waters are widely recognized for being the home of some of the sea’s deadliest animals so the research, scientific, medical and life-saving reports from the region are considered ground zero of toxic marine emergency science.

But, with apparent differences within this order of man o’ war, animals found in Australian waters (Physalia utriculus) known locally as the Bluebottle and the Atlantic man o’ war (Physalia physalis), both very dangerous stingers, remains the question of acetic acid. The Bluebottle is half the size of the Man o war, has only one tendril compared to dozens and there have been no recorded fatalities associated with a Bluebottle. The larger specie has been tied to fatalities as a result of being stung, ” says Freeman. “It’s our belief, based on the biological differences and presumed differences in toxicity, acetic acid belongs in the protocol. The good news is everything needed if stung by a man o’ war is in the kit including acetic acid so the injured can decide for themselves, ” concluded Freeman.

Also worth noting, however, is the presence of publications in direct conflict with Australian recommendation found in journal records from equally respected U.S. medical institutions. “So, which highly respected recommendation does the public accept as the definitive first aid?” questioned Freeman. “Whether to use or not use acetic acid is not a debate any one wants to have once stung by a man o’ war,” reasoned Freeman. Consider a recent medical report filed in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians. This article outlines a marine sting study utilizing lidocaine (OCS spray is lidocaine free) on typical jellyfish injuries and acetic acid for the man o’ war injury. To muddy the waters further, this journal entry appears to be in conflict with a 2007 and a 2009/10 FDA issued public alert about serious and life-threatening risks associated with improper use of topical anesthetics including lidocaine. Information regarding adverse event claims associated with the use of marine sting products containing lidocaine are available through the FDA’s MedWatch Program.

“Our company marine sting philosophy is drawn from controlled trials, actual consumer experience, and field observations in the U.S. in conjunction with feedback by highly respected physicians and marine scientists”, said Freeman. “We rely on evidence based science gathered from medical journals so, while there are differing medical opinions and research periodicals, our company recognizes the medical research submissions by Dr. Paul S. Auerbach, Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, and author of a series of highly regarded wilderness medicine books (Wilderness Medicine 7th Edition) as the leading authority on marine stings,” claims Freeman. Dr. Auerbach recommends the use of acetic acid on the man o’ war injury. (Dr. Auerbach has not endorsed Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. product line).

“From the very beginning, we made a conscious decision to adopt Dr. Paul S. Auerbach’s medical opinions over a few who championed the use of the topical anesthetic, lidocaine,” continued Freeman. “Our company has no reservations about our decision to reject lidocaine in favor of acetic acid to deliver effective and meaningful first aid sting relief,” continued Freeman. “Human nature is a factor during a marine sting episode. When a person is in a pained, stressful situation from sustaining a marine sting injury and left to self-medicate, there is a greater chance for error of inadvertent exposure to harm and abuse. Given the real dangers associated with a lidocaine-infused product, we believe consumer safety to be a more compelling reason not to incorporate it in our products, as well as the systemic lack of true first aid.

We use just over a 5% acetic acid formula,” says Freeman. “Urine on a sting injury is a total myth, meat tenderizer is little more than that, baking soda paste has limited soothing powers, and lidocaine infused applications may provide some limited numbing pain relief but we have to ask what happens once the anesthetic wears off,” reasoned Freeman. “The last thing a sting victim needs is additional, serious, medical concerns. Our sting product delivers the safest, most effective, and sustainable first aid pain relief on the market today. We don’t just cover up the continuing injury with topicals, we stop the pain dead in its tracks” says Freeman.

The bottom line is this: OCS relief spray is the only first aid relief that neutralizes the stinging cells, soothes the injury site, and provides a mechanical transport means to remove remaining matter. The addition of the heat from the supplied bar in kits completes the formula for genuine first aid, not a temporary numbing. The jellyfish sting relief spray and the kit includes easy to understand instructions in the durable, water tight, distinctive gold foil pouch. Doctor and medical facility recommended, Ocean Care Solutions, Inc. is bringing effective marine sting first aid solutions to the consumer.

Black Jellyfish Return to San Diego Shores..

Black Jellyfish Return to SD Shores

Did you see an ominous creature last time you went to the beach? You’re not the only one. Turns out black jellyfish have returned to San Diego’s shoreline.

The gooey, dark purple sea nettles have made an appearance at various beaches throughout the county, including Coronado and Encinitas. Black jellyfish are exclusively witnessed along the California coast.

Black jellyfish have only been seen in San Diego four times in the last 10 years, said executive director of Living Coast Discovery Center Dr. Brian Joseph.

“They’re unusual animals in San Diego and they appear here every few years,” he said. “They’re a relatively unknown species.”

The elusive animal has only been seen four times since 2002 and the last time they were in San Diego was two years ago, said Joseph.

He said he’s not sure why the jellyfish have been showing up along the San Diego coastline this summer, but he speculates part of the reason is the water.

“Jellyfish seem to proliferate in areas with bad water quality where you have low oxygen levels,” he said. “It reflects that the water quality is deteriorating….It doesn’t mean it’s unsafe to us, but there’s subtle differences that favor jellyfish and don’t favor other life forms.

Black jellyfish can grow up to three feet wide, with tentacles spanning 10 feet long. And you might want to watch out for those dark-colored tentacles.

“These guys will deliver a painful sting,” said Joseph.

He recommends using vinegar to wash out a black jellyfish wound, and use something to scrape the tentacle off as rubbing it will cause more toxins to be injected.

Even though the black sea nettles aren’t incredibly toxic, they aren’t jellies to be messed with.

“Inside their tentacles there’s a coiled spring with a barb on the end of it, it’s very much like a taser that police use, only it injects venom,” Joseph said.

People can now have an up-close look at the mysterious creatures without suffering a sting. The Living Coast Discovery Center has managed to place a few of the jellies in tanks for observation.

“Jellyfish are a fascinating species.” Joseph said. “They’re also fascinating because they’re dangerous and they need to be respected for that.”

Source: Black Jellyfish Return to SD Shores | NBC 7 San Diego  Photo by Mark Leimbach

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.

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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

Beach goers will want to be on high alert….

Beach-goers will want to be on high alert when they wade into the water this summer, as populations of stinging jellyfish are booming in almost every ocean around the world. What’s worse is that the pesky invertebrates seem to be most prevalent in areas where human activity is heavily concentrated.

Be sure to have along one or all of our proven effective family of marine sting products…you’ll be glad you did..!!

Eyes hold clues to life for deadly box jellyfish..Queensland

Scientists in far north Queensland say a new discovery about the life cycle of the deadly box jellyfish will allow them to better predict when swimmers are at risk.

Researchers from James Cook University in Cairns have been able to pinpoint the exact time when box jellyfish turn from polyps into deadly stingers.

JCU Associate Professor Jamie Seymour says until now, there have been serious gaps in understanding when people are most at risk from the deadly animals.

“We’ve had a model for about eight or nine years now that predicts the end of the seasons and it does it really, to within two or three days,” he said.

“We’ve been spot on for the last seven or eight years but we’ve never been able to predict the start of the season.”

One of his PhD students, Matt Gordon, is now solving that mystery.

He has been able to get an insight into exactly when box jellyfish hatch by hunting them down off the far north Queensland coast near Weipa and gouging out their set of 24 eyes.

“It’s a lot like the trunk of a tree, it’s got concentric growth rings inside it and each one of those growth rings is added daily so then we were able to age exactly how old those jellyfish were,” he said.

He found the jellyfish turn from tiny polyps into deadly stingers around September but they do not turn up along the coast and start posing a risk to swimmers until November.

“The next thing I’d like to find out is what do they do in that two to three months? Where are they?” he said.

“We know they’re growing quite quickly so from that tiny size, they do reach a decent size quite quickly but where are they? What are they doing? Why is it a couple of months until they show up along the coastline?”

Professor Seymour says his team of researchers is prepared to put themselves on the line to answer those very questions.

“It’s sort of like working with snakes, as long as you get hold of the non-bitey end you’re away and running, ” he said.

“And having said that, it’s fun and if you take the precautions.”

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Article courtesy of ABC News written by Lauren Day

Deadly Jellyfish Weapons Explained..COS Heidelberg University

Heidelberg researchers have succeeded in unravelling the defense mechanisms of jellyfish. Scientists working with Prof. Dr. Thomas Holstein and Dr. Suat Özbek from the Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) of Heidelberg University, together with collaborators from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), analyzed the proteome, or full set of proteins, of the stinging cells in the freshwater polyp Hydra. The results of their research reveal a complex mixture of toxic and structural proteins that can explain the extraordinary toxicity and biophysical properties of these unique cells.

They also show how the energy for discharging the toxin can be stored in the stinging cells and released at extraordinary speed.  With their poison cells, jellyfish and other cnidarians have developed one of the most venomous and differentiated cellular mechanisms in the animal kingdom. Stinging cells, also known as nematocysts or cnidocysts, are found in the outer cell layer of cnidarians and are used for capturing prey or for defense. They consist mainly of a stinging capsule, a giant secretory vesicle. Inside this organelle a long, barbed tubule is coiled up, which turns inside out like the finger of a glove during discharge, thus releasing the deadly poison into the prey.

This mixture of previously unknown toxins paralyses the nervous system of the prey and destroys their cells. Injecting the toxins requires an effective mechanism. Studies have shown that the discharge of toxins is associated with an extremely high pressure of 15 megapascals, whereby the stylet, a thin barb, is able to penetrate even thick crustacean shells. The stylet is accelerated at a force of 5 million g in under 700 nanoseconds, making the discharge of toxins harpoon-like.

Up until now, the molecular components responsible for the biomechanical properties of these unique cellular weapons were largely unknown. The Heidelberg scientists used protein mass spectroscopy to study the cells of the Hydra magnipapillata freshwater polyp. The procedure afforded them a precise qualitative and quantitative analysis of the chemical composition of the substances, thus enabling them to map the nematocyst proteome of the Hydra. Prof. Holstein and Dr. Özbek’s research team were surprised at its complexity. The biologists discovered 410 proteins with venomous and lytic, but also adhesive or fibrous properties. The proteins of the stinging capsule wall contain hitherto unknown structural components that form a tissue-like matrix, a complex protein mesh. This structure of collagen and elastomers surpasses the elasticity and tensile strength of even spider’s silk.

These findings allow the Heidelberg researchers to explain how the energy for discharging the toxin can be stored in the stinging cells and then released from the elastic structure of the capsule wall in nanoseconds at an extraordinary speed.  “The poison cells of the cnidarians represent an effective combination of the powerful molecular spring mechanism and a structure with extreme biophysical properties,” says Holstein.

The studies also suggest that the organelles containing the injectable toxin have adopted the molecular properties of connective tissue proteins such as collagens during their development. According to Prof. Holstein, it was an unexpected solution in early evolution to develop such a sophisticated mechanism for prey capture and defense.

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Article courtesy of Evironmentail Protection/www.eponline.com