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Box Jellyfish #61431
07/11/2015 12:18 PM
07/11/2015 12:18 PM
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Here and There
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There is a post on BVI Community FB page about box jellies at the Baths and the caves at Norman today. Be careful out there!!


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: rita_irvine] #61432
07/11/2015 02:47 PM
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Adagio Villa, Mahoe Bay,Virgin...
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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: rita_irvine] #61433
07/12/2015 08:44 AM
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Woodstock, GA
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Our pool looks clear. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Groovin.gif" alt="" />

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: rita_irvine] #61434
07/12/2015 08:47 AM
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A pox on the box..but none so far her in Apple Bay where we have a huge full beach!

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Manpot] #61435
07/12/2015 10:38 AM
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Reports on FB include a man with serious stings at Peter Island. Visar has reported several people with severe stings. Spring Bay, the Baths, Norman seem to be the worst..
With 10 days to go I am hopeful they will have floated by..


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: rita_irvine] #61436
07/12/2015 10:58 AM
07/12/2015 10:58 AM
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An island state of mind
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They normally show up 8-10 days after a full moon.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Manpot] #61437
07/12/2015 11:04 AM
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Manpot said:
A pox on the box..but none so far her in Apple Bay where we have a huge full beach!


Absolutely amazing that we have never run into those nasty things! VERY Lucky.

Last edited by RickinAtlanta; 07/12/2015 11:13 AM.
Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: tradewinds] #61438
07/12/2015 01:18 PM
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tradewinds said:
They normally show up 8-10 days after a full moon.

They're seasonal and the moon has no effect.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: sail445] #61439
07/12/2015 02:28 PM
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We just returned after two weeks. I didn't see any jellys but two in our group saw a small 1-2" one. At Monkey Pt. a couple of us got some tiny stings but it stopped stinging in about 5 minutes, I think it must have been sea lice. Here's hoping others have the same luck!


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: beerMe] #61440
07/13/2015 07:04 AM
07/13/2015 07:04 AM
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We had the same experience at Monkey Point yesterday. After that we grabbed the ball in Muskmelon Bay and the jellies were VERY thick. Small 1=2 inch jellies with about one in every square meter. No one wanted to snorkel.



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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Mark] #61441
07/13/2015 10:09 AM
07/13/2015 10:09 AM
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annap, MD/BVI-Nanny Cay
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Maybe someone knows the difference...

when we were down there we saw ~5 per square meter of walnut sized (shell one) jellys, the sting was noticeable, but was a 5 minute deal that a splash of vinegar quickly resolved. this was when we were down for the month of June.

A few years back I got stung by something that looked just like it, and I felt like CRAP for 2 days. this was beginning of July.

Then I hear stories about box jellies that seem to be at a whole different level of severity.

Are we seeing the same thing, just at different maturity levels?

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: hallucination] #61442
07/14/2015 09:33 AM
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Hello all. On San Souci II here at Marina Cay. Wondering about jellies at Norman today July 14. We have little peeps on board and really do not want to deal with stings.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: trueblue] #61443
07/14/2015 09:35 AM
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By the way Happy Bastille Day to our French friends!

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: trueblue] #61444
07/14/2015 12:57 PM
07/14/2015 12:57 PM
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The weathercarib BVI Beach Flags page is showing warning flags at the Baths today

"Purple Flags are flying at The Baths NPT..
FOR ALL STINGS BE PREPARED TO TREAT FOR AN
ALLERGIC REACTION OR FOR ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK."

http://www.weathercarib.com/BVIbeach.htm

We'll be checking that next week.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: RickG] #61445
07/14/2015 05:55 PM
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CA, USA
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Box jellyfish stings should never be treated with epinephrine. That will likely kill the victim. Only cure is an antidote discovered by a woman in Hawaii. Google "box jellyfish" and "mens health magazine" for a great article about the most deadly predator in the water.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Pvgreg] #61446
07/14/2015 06:12 PM
07/14/2015 06:12 PM
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wrong box jelly, I believe you are talking about the Pacific box jelly. The ones in the Caribbean are harmless, a little sting, unless you have an allergy.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Pvgreg] #61447
07/14/2015 06:39 PM
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The Caribbean "box jelly" is a cousin but not quite the same as the south Pacific Box Jellyfish. The proper name is Alatina Alata or "Sea Wasp" and its sting is painful but rarely as fatal as the Austrailian variety.


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: GlennA] #61448
07/14/2015 11:51 PM
07/14/2015 11:51 PM
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I'm referring to the class Cubozoa of which the Alatina is part of.They are found in the Caribbean, the Keys, Australia and Hawaii. Regardless of the distant relation this class produces a neurotoxin that is different from other jellies that can cause Irukandji syndrome and epinephrine should never be used, especially on victims that are allergic as it can cause cardiac arrest.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Pvgreg] #61449
07/21/2015 05:27 PM
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Just getting back home from ten days . We saw jellies at almost every spot, including the ones mentioned above. All of our group got stung but after scrubbing hard with salt water and dousing with vinegar all where fine. Btw- none of the stings caused anyone to actually exit the water we just hit it with vinegar when we got out.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: mayjong1] #61450
07/21/2015 07:44 PM
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Are the nasty Box ones typically or only in July (or later)? It seems the "regular" jellyfish show up a week or so after the full moon.

I ask as we're planning an early June villa with several kids in tow.

We've only ever visited in May and June and have only encountered the thimble ones.


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: grizzy] #61451
07/22/2015 09:47 AM
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I can report no jellies at Norman, the Indians or Cooper.

Seems as if it all depends on the winds and currents. You'll have jellies one day and none the next at any given location.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: jbuch02] #61452
07/22/2015 10:23 AM
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Right, they mainly come in with the currents and tides in clusters during the season which is from July till about the end of September, but then you have certain years where they get here earlier like this year along with Sargasso weeds.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: grizzy] #61453
07/22/2015 10:47 AM
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Many varieties of jellyfish, but not all, swarm beginning the 8th day after a full moon for 3-4 days. In Hawaii this is very consistent and they have a published calendar for when to avoid the water. They typically are pushed by current to the lee shore of an island. However a species of Box jellyfish actually have eyes and swim towards lights on shore.

Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Pvgreg] #61454
07/22/2015 10:53 AM
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Pvgreg said:
Many varieties of jellyfish, but not all, swarm beginning the 8th day after a full moon for 3-4 days. In Hawaii this is very consistent and they have a published calendar for when to avoid the water. They typically are pushed by current to the lee shore of an island. However a species of Box jellyfish actually have eyes and swim towards lights on shore.


Now that is funny....swim towards lights on shore? So if these are primitive creatures that have been around for millions of years, what lights on shore did they swim for back then? Or if the power goes out they get lost? :):):)


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Re: Box Jellyfish [Re: Teammac] #61455
07/22/2015 12:13 PM
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Haha Teammac. The moon, hence their arrival shortly after it's the brightest. They swim to the light regardless of its source. But now the light source is increasingly shore based. In Hawaii the resorts flood their beaches and water with light at night. These locations often have some of the greatest concentrations of this species. Coincidence?


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