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Beaches Do you have a favourite beach? Know of any activities on specific beaches?

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Old 23-05-2006, 19:04
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Just browsing on the Majorca paper and the first item is a warning that jellyfish are in the Northern area - PP was specifically mentioned. They DO sting and give a nasty rash - check out the write up and be VERY careful out there, especially with adventurous youngsters!! :|
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Old 23-05-2006, 20:36
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Thanks for pointing that out:

“THE SPECIES IS OF “MEDIUM” DANGER ALTHOUGH ITS STING IS VERY PAINFUL”
Plague of jellyfish on north coast of Majorca

A plague of jellyfish which is affecting the whole of the western Mediterranean has already arrived in the Balearics.
Large groups of them were seen in Cabrera and various points off the northern coast of Majorca during the weekend, according to experts from the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and from the Spanish Oceanography Institute. The biologist from IMEDEA, Damia Jaume, explained that there had been, “a global explosion in all the Mediterranean”, of jellyfish of the “pelagia nocticula” variety, from the south of Italy to the Balearics. This species is of “medium” danger, according to the biologist, although its sting is very painful and produces a rash. Some people who went to Cala Deya, Pollensa or Sa Dragonera over the weekend suffered the first stings and withdrew from the water.

The “pelagia nocticula” is pink in colour, with reddish spots and, apparently, is very small as its body only measures 10 centimetres across. However, its tentacles (more difficult to see) are up to 10 metres long and it is these which sting bathers.

According to the director of the Balearic Oceanographic Centre, Federico Alvarez, nature, “is complex and it is not known why these things happen”, and nor could it be “predicted or controlled”, although he considered that specialists should warn the authorities to minimise the impact of the arrival of this amount of jellyfish of the coast. Although the removal of jellyfish from the beaches is not the Balearic Government's job, the Balearic Ministry for the Environment did it last year and will do it again this summer, after the start of the Coastline Cleaning Plan this week which has 40 boats of the “Pelican” type collecting rubbish during the whole of the summer.

The sting, which is produced by contact between the tentacles of the jellyfish and human skin, is caused by special cells on the tentacles which put a small “blister” filled with venom on the skin. The venom is then injected via a filament hidden in the “blister”. When a bather comes into contact with the tentacles of the jellyfish, there is an automatic reaction to get away from the tentacles, during which the tentacles can put several of these “blisters” in place, penetrating the victim's skin to let the poison in. The poison is common to all jellyfish of this type, together with other components which vary according to the species.

The Balearic Oceanographic Centre recommends that the affected beaches be closed for two days because the jellyfish break up very easily and the water will be filled with stinging tentacles (although these cannot be seen at first glance). They also consider it “necessary” to rake the beach as the friction with the sand “disperses” the remaining jellyfish.

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Old 24-05-2006, 03:32
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Hi Belladonna, Have a look at My Posting in medical about the After bite pen it may not stop you getting stung but it will help with stings in a small area of skin.
Various ideas were swapped last year about cures for the stings.Vinegar seemed to be one method favoured my many members.
Take care.

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Old 24-05-2006, 06:53
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Some one please go out and buy this wonder pen Rob keeps going on about. I think he must have brought shares in the company the way he keeps promoting it.lol

sorry Rob only kidding.

cheers


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Old 09-06-2006, 21:38
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Anybody know whether there is still an invasion of jellyfish in PP. We're due out at the end of next week, and I want to get my daily swim in!
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Old 13-06-2006, 03:31
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Just returned on Sat 10th from PP - had a glorious week and can report that there were a few small jelly fish around - the ones with red crosses and brown tentacles. We use the wider part of pine walk beach and were catching on average only 1 or 2 a day but I have to say we were actively looking with a net and bucket at the ready!
Loads of people in the water and I only saw one stinging incident all week so not too bad. I know the after bite pens help but I also take liquid piriton on holiday too as it is great if the kids get stung or get a heat rash.
Enjoy your holiday
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Old 13-06-2006, 16:48
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Thanks Gladys for your response. I was hoping someone would know! I also use that part of the beach, so I'm now really looking forward to my afternoon dip. I also have one of Robjay's recommended bite pens, so I'm well equipped.
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hi there
just wondered what the jelly fish situation was like.....we are due out next weekend , and last august there were lots of the little critters in the sea, anyone have an update for us...?
thanks
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Old 29-07-2006, 04:31
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Came back earlier this week after 2 weeks

Went in sea most days both on Pine Walk and Sandy beach and didn't see 1

Can't say I was actively looking but did do a lot of snorkling and daughter did lots of crabbing with net and bucket so I am sure we would have seen one of there were any
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Old 31-07-2006, 20:07
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Got back yesterday after a quick 3 days over there. Swam every day and didn't see one critter. By the way, the water was like a warm bath!
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thanks for the update on the jelly fish,cant wait to get in that warm sea now.....the kids are counting the days !(so are we)
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