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Jellyfish warning

On Friday 28. July more than 200 people were reported stung by Jellyfish in Rincon de la Victoria and in Torremolinos.

The plague has now begun to spread towards west. Aula del Mar has stated that incidences have been detected throughout Saturday morning on several beaches in Torremolinos, Mijas and Marbella. Bathers are advised to respect the flags. Green flag means it is safe to swim, yellow flag means danger, while red flag means it is forbidden to enter the water.

There is also a mobile app Infomedusa indicating the presence of jellyfish. Besides notifying about the presence of jellyfish on beaches it informs about the water temperature and provides information on how to prevent and treat jellyfish stings. It also allows users to post comments about the situation at the beaches. The app is available for both iPhone and Android on Play Store and App Store. It is also available at this link: www.infomedusa.es/download/.

Portuguese Man O’War in Los Boliches.
(Photo from April 2013)

If you’ve been burned by a jellyfish

If you have been burned, you should leave the water immediately and find a lifeguard. If there are no lifeguards on the beach, then you should wash the skin with salt water.

Never use fresh water. It’s also a good idea to cool the wound with ice for five to ten minutes. You can also try to wet the wound with vinegar or baking soda dissolved in water (do not rub).

Try to keep the wound antiseptic to avoid infections. If the pain does not subside, or if you feel unwell – seek medical advice.

 

There is a widespread myth about urinating on the wound. This is completely wrong. It may be effective for certain fish bites, but never against jellyfish stings.

Screenshots from the Infomedusa App on Saturday evening

From Torremolinos Saturday evening

From Caravajal Saturday evening. A child got stung.

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