Residents and visitors in the British Virgin Islands are being urged to exercise caution when swimming at sea/the beach.
Since recently, marine authorities reportedly responded to several incidences of jellyfish stings, which resulted in a few victims having to seek medical attention.
There have been reported incidences at The Bight off Norman Island, The Baths on Virgin Gorda, and at Cane Garden Bay on Tortola.
At noon yesterday, the National Parks Trust issued a marine advisory warning unsuspecting sea bathers of the potential danger.
Purple flags — which indicates a hazard from marine life — were also erected at specific locations known for swimming, including The Baths on Virgin Gorda.
The advisory also said there are no lifeguards on duty.
About the Jellyfish
According to National Geographic, despite being called a ‘fish’, jellyfish are invertebrates — animals with no backbones.
These invertebrates have tiny stinging cells in their tentacles to stun or paralyze their prey before they eat them.
However, it is said jellyfish don’t ‘purposefully attack humans’ and most stings occur when people accidentally come into contact with them.
Their stings can be deadly, but the severity of their stings vary greatly.
The severity of one’s reaction to a sting depends on several factors such as the type and size of the jellyfish, age, size, health, the percentage of skin affected and the length of time taken to get medical help.
Some common symptoms of a sting include burning, prickling, or stinging pain. It is also known to itch and cause swelling.
In the severe cases, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, muscle pain or spasms, weakness, drowsiness, fainting and confusion, and difficulty breathing are possible.
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