Box Jellyfish In Isolation Videos
Travel and tourism are in lockdown and the world's wanderlust is peaking. Novel coronavirus restrictions have severely wounded the industry, mortally in some cases, but when the recovery (of sorts) comes, those that want and can will getaway quick.
While many, sadly, are struggling to pay the bills, others are planning more than ever to travel, if they're not still trying to claim on and recoup recently cancelled trips.
Thanks to the isolation jitters and endless screen-filling images of beautiful, clean, deserted cities, forests, skies and seas with carefree wildlife running rampant, everyone wants to scratch that itch.
And no one wants a bummer now, right. But. Yes, the wildlife really is running amok - or at least having a great time reclaiming ancestral ground - and with far less activity in the water at tourist-box jellyfish hotspots, the risk of a sting could be even higher when humans steadily return to natural box jellyfish habitat; the picture postcard tropical South-East Asian beach.
Fragile but venomous box jellyfish being swimmers not drifters or floaters, and the fact they have a visual system that allows them to detect and avoid damaging obstacles, like rocks and tourists, means there is nothing to stop them.
However, as inexcusable ignorance, dangerous misinformation and fake news from the highest levels about COVID-19 prevention and treatment provoke alarm and disbelief, it's perhaps a good opportunity to state a fact.
With box jellyfish stings, it is vinegar that saves lives. Not urine, not cola, not any fizzy drink, not even fresh water nor ice or vodka, meat tenderiser, shaving cream, disinfectant, a credit card, nor sand, morning glory vine paste or a gluey chilli, lime and crab mixture. All of these can cause serious adverse effects, and even death. Fact.
Vinegar, and only at least a 30-second splashing of vinegar on the sting site, will stop further life-threatening stinging. Plenty of info about this and other box jellyfish news throughout this blog.
In the meantime, keep dreaming, get planning and please stay safe.
Thailand Box Jellyfish Youtube Videos:
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