Summer Invaders

Antney

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Awful enough that my wife and I have been secluded for 3 1/2 months due to the virus. Now that summer has arrived we’re able to head to the beaches and find a secluded spot where we can take our masks off and breathe and go for a quiet swim. But alas the waters off our southern Massachusetts shore have been invaded by a rarely seen this far south stinging Jellyfish...the Lions Mane. WTF?
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That looks like "Don't touch me!"

One time in '74 when we were steaming back into San Diego aboard the USS Ranger the ocean was filled with millions of Jellyfish, we were moving slowly and it was like there was no end to these things!
 

davismanLV

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Oh great. So now murder jellyfish?? 2020 is just not gonna leave us alone..... nope.
 

dougdnh

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Pretty scary. we spend a lot of time on Falmouth beaches in the summer - those suckers can ruin a nice beach day! Just another sign of climate change, like the 100 degree temps in Siberia.
 

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They can definitely sting your a$$! I was wind surfing in Nags Head, NC many years ago on the Sound side. I fell off the board into a batch of jelly fish. My entire right shoulder and arm we’re covered in stinging red welts. My friends offered to pee on the affected area to reduce the pain and swelling (what are friends for?). I declined the offer and went the baking soda route with plenty of Advil and rum. I have given them a wide berth ever since.
 
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sailingshoes72

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These were the smaller size jelly fish you find in the mid-Atlantic in summertime. But they sure could sting!

I stayed friends with all my buddies. There was no offense taken! 😀
 

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Well, just be glad you weren't in Australia where they have box jellyfish....
In some cases, box jellyfish venom causes Irukandji syndrome, in which an overload of stress hormones and inflammation proteins produces pain and nausea for days, as well as high blood pressure that can lead to brain hemorrhage and death. Most sting casualties, however, die within minutes from cardiac arrest.
Mrs. Cougar, watch where you're going!
 
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