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Session: Jellyfish Attack!

Written by Splaktar show Splaktar profile

Tuesday February 5 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: San Bartolo, Peru

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 3

Length of the surf session: 60 min

Surfboard ridden: 9" Longboard

Fins: 3

Weather and water temp: 74 F Partly Cloudy, Water not sure

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- One peak


Wow!  There were jellyfish everywhere!  When I was checking things out I saw some jellyfish, but I've seen a few before in San Bartolo's Playa Norte.  No big deal.  But today there were a few more than usual close to the shore.  I jump off the jetty and head out to catch some small waves and such.

On the way out I have to dodge jellyfish everywhere.  Once I'm out there I catch a wave.  After the wave I look in the water and there's a huge (2+ foot in diameter) jellyfish right next to me.  As I swim away from it and back out to catch another way, the breaking waves show even more huge jellyfish. Before I know it, it's hard to go anywhere without having to avoid jellies.

I asked one of the locals how bad their sting is and he said they hurt and you only need a touch from a tentacle to sting you.  He was also watching out for them very carefully.  After a bit more time things just seemed to get worse.  It was almost impossible to paddle without hitting a jellyfish's head with your hand at some point.

I was just wearing board shorts and a rash vest so I didn't feel like staying around much longer and risking a sting from one of this big guys.  I'll go back tomorrow with my full wet suit.  

It's really gotten me thinking though, how bad can it hurt?  Would you loose days of surfing if you got a really bad jellyfish sting or could you just ignore it? 


Created: Tuesday February 5 2008 11:44:41 PM

Modified: Tuesday February 5 2008 11:44:41 PM

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