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Jellyfish Sting Safety Tips

Jellyfish are clear, tentacled creatures that give off an irritating sting. The box jellyfish is commonly found near the shore. Every month, about 9-12 days after a full moon, jellyfish drift close to shore. Signs will usually be posted in areas with heavy jellyfish invasion. To prevent jellyfish stings, here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

Be aware of when they show up - South facing beaches in Hawaii are most often impacted by jellyfish eight days after a full moon and they can persist for up to three days. On Oahu, these beaches may include Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Haunama Bay and the Waianae Coast.

Check the water for jellyfish - Before heading into the water, be sure to check with the lifeguard on the presence of jellyfish and also look for jellyfish washed up on the sand as possible clues.

In case you get stung, do not scratch the area - Rinse your skin with ocean water or freshwater. If you experience an allergic reaction and have breathing difficulty, call 911.

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