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Portuguese-Man-of-War jelly fish spotted on Baga beach

Drishti Marine lifeguards spotted a cluster of Portuguese-Man-Of-War, a jelly-like marine organism commonly known as Bluebottle or Floating Terror which washed ashore on Baga beach on 3rd August 2018. The Bluebottle jelly-like marine organism spotted were less than an inch in size. Drishti Marine have alerted the tourism department about the same and have told people to be aware when heading into the water.

Marine animals, jellyfish are of two kinds- toxic and non-toxic. And while most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only a mild irritation; species like Bluebottle are venomous and can cause harm to contact. Even a dead Bluebottle washed up on shore can deliver a sting.

Drishti Marine advises immediate first aid precautions that should be taken in case a person comes in contact with the bluebottle jellyfish:

  • Wash the stung area with hot water (as hot as you can stand it) as heat further breaks down the toxins.

  • Generously spray the stung area with vinegar. It is known to diffuse any poison that may be more active in the nematocysts present in the tentacles.

  • Place ice packs on the stung area to reduce the pain and swelling.

  • In case of chest pain and breathing difficulty, visit the doctor immediately

Drishti Marine, the state-appointed professional lifeguard agency advises locals as well as the tourist not to venture into the sea on Baga beach as the Bluebottle could possibly be present in the waters or along the shoreline. Even wading into the waters is not advisable during the monsoon months as the sea and weather conditions are not favourable for swimming.

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