Experts offer tips to avoid jellyfish stings on Cumbria beaches
Last updated at 11:43, Tuesday, 27 August 2013
NUMEROUS jellyfish have been sighted washed up on Walney beaches in the past couple of weeks, according to experts.
Emily Baxter, jellyfish expert at the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, has some advice for readers on staying safe from the jellyfish, which can sting.
She said: “There’s been about 12 jellyfish spotted washed up. They tend to surface about once every two months.
“The numbers seen this time around aren’t unusual. My advice would be look but don’t touch if you see any on the beach, and wear a wetsuit if you’re swimming to minimise the risk of stings.’’
NHS 24 medical director, Professor George Crooks OBE, is urging anyone venturing into the sea to be prepared and seek advice on dealing with marine life stings from the Health Library at www.nhsinform.co.uk.
“Jellyfish tentacles are covered with small poisonous sacs called nematocysts which, if touched, produce a nasty sting,” he said.
First published at 11:42, Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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How to avoid 'jelly-fish' stings - um ah - stay out of the sea ?