Sea swimming

Jelly fish etc?

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24/06/2007 at 19:47
I'm thinking of doing some swimming in the sea but am a bit of a wuss.

Any advice on how I avoid swimming into jelly fish or other wildlife - will they move? will they sting? Anyone any experience of this?

I shall be in a cossie - no wet suit.
24/06/2007 at 19:54
Mrs Pig where will you be swimming in the sea???? Is this UK sea?? I stepped into a sea urchin in the Red Sea and got stung by jelly fish in the Caribbean, but never anything nasty over here???
24/06/2007 at 20:01

There was a big one in there tonight.
24/06/2007 at 20:03
Just wait until Dr Nic sees this thread!

nothing nasty over here..?!

Lots of jellies, weaver fish....
24/06/2007 at 20:04

I know there's plenty of nasty things - how do I avoid them

It's really putting me off
24/06/2007 at 20:10
Wear those plastic sandal things to avoid weaver fish - jellyfish aren't too bad over here in the UK but deadly elsewhere. I would wear swimming goggles, keep your eyes open and watch for warnings on the beach.

But most of all don't worry about it - they won't kill you and chances of a sting are quite remote.

Article in the Sunday Telegraph today about sea-borne meances and you're probably more likely to get food poisoning or probs with sewage in the UK. Stick to Blue Flags and you should be fine.
24/06/2007 at 20:11
Jellyfish are a good source of energy.

Raspberry are especially tasty.
24/06/2007 at 20:18
It's sucking one in, as I breathe that's particularly freaking me out!
24/06/2007 at 20:19
Mrs P there is absolutely no chance of that happening! ;-)
24/06/2007 at 20:22
I AM a wuss :-(
24/06/2007 at 20:24
I swam in the sea a fair bit last year, off Norfolk.

I think you just have to not think about what might be out there (whether natural or man-made).

Perhaps Hannibal Lector's mask might see off the jellyfish but there are still the giant squid waiting to carry you off to the depths ....
24/06/2007 at 20:25
baby ones are very VERY teeny.
24/06/2007 at 20:25
It's spelled walrus, Mrs Pig
24/06/2007 at 20:26

The only thing I've ever really come into contact with is jellyfish. No they won't move out of your way as they go with the current, they haven't really got eyes and brains and stuff like fish (I'm so scientific, me...)

However, I honestly don't think jelly stings are THAT bad. It's really like a nettle sting (or like walking through a bunch of nettles, depending on the amount of jellies). So - just get on with it, really. Accept that they MAY be there (but equally may not), swim round them if you happen to see them (but you probably won't) and just know that they can't harm you unless you have a reaction to the sting.

Be aware that warm weather and still, shallow water is where you'll encounter them most. As for what to do - antihistamines I guess? (I don't know for definite but it would make sense)

I've never come across anything else swimming in UK sea. Fish are undoubtably there but will be more frightened of you and will keep out of your way.

Have fun and enjoy the lovely sea! Will you swim in a wetsuit or not? If not, just be aware of the signs of hypothermia just in case. :-)
24/06/2007 at 20:32
Thank you.

No wetsuit - just cossie and goggles.

Hypothermia - shivering? goosebumps and blue lips?

24/06/2007 at 20:35
I'll take a mirror for the lips

Seriously thank you -that's the sort of advice I needed. I'm quite happy to run through nettles so will just forget the whole jellyfish issue. I had had visions of agonising stings etc so this will be fine.

Of course if I die I shall ask my estate to sue ;-)
24/06/2007 at 20:35
eeee - she's tough, our Nic.

<<<<atchly, Mrs Pig, rumour has it that Dr Nic did say a few Rude Words as she was going through some jelly fish on the way to France once...>>>>
24/06/2007 at 20:38
Urine is the treatment for jellyfish stings I am told.
24/06/2007 at 20:41
Well let's hope they don't sting my face then
24/06/2007 at 20:43
[waits patiently for Coops or DM to arrive...]
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