Jellyfish - 2008/02/06 21:32So I went down to San Bartolo yesterday and there were hundreds of large jellyfish (1-2 foot or so diameter). They had mostly brown heads and white thick tentacles. I'm trying to figure out more information about them and how bad they are. But so far I'm finding mostly information about other Jellyfish (box from australia/indo/hawaii, or man of war from all over). With there being over 9000 species of jellyfish, this looks like a tough task.
I asked a local kid in the water about them, but he didn't have a lot of info other than they hurt pretty bad. I've also seen other kids at the beach with scars on their stomaches, but I'm not sure they were from jellies.
The closest pictures I've been able to find online so far (wikipedia) seem like it's closest to a sea nettle, but I didn't see the long black tentacles that the nettles have (and yeah I was REALLY close, many times). And the top wasn't as uniform as the nettles, it seemed to have some grooves going up and down that were a bit less dark brown. Some were more tan, others more dark brown, but they all seemed to be the same basic species.
Anyhow, I had to exit the water early as I was just wearing board shorts and a rash vest. Going to wear the full wetsuit next time out. There's no Sea Safe available here, so that's not an option. I picked up my bottle of white vinegar too, just in case...
Does anyone know of a better site where I can try to better classify these local jellyfish? or maybe a site that covers Pacific Jellyfish of South America?
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Re:Jellyfish - 2008/02/11 00:50There was a good hour long special on Discovery this weekend, "Killer Jellyfish". But it mostly focused on the box jellyfish in Australia (a little about Hawaii). It briefly mentioned the Man 'o War (Blue bottle). It covered some of the design of jellyfish and such, but the only sting that it really detailed was that of the box jellies.
I did all kinds of searches in Spanish, but couldn't find any real good information on the Jellyfish found in Peru. I posted some photos up on my blog http://splaktar.blogspot.com/ in the hopes that someone can ID them or give me more information on them.
They barely have any lifeguards in Peru, let alone any that are knowledgeable about jellyfish stings.