Category Archives: Jellyfish

Giant Jellyfish Stings 150 People!

A large dead jellyfish wreaked havoc on a New Hampshire beach yesterday, stinging as many as 150 people, most of them children, and sending five to the hospital.

Panic ensued at Wallis Sands State Park in Rye, where emergency officials were called at about 1:30 p.m. and told that anywhere from 125 to 150 people had been stung.

The jellyfish had broken apart earlier in the day when park officials tried to remove its carcass, and the floating pieces stung those in the water.

Apparently, the jellyfish was roughly the size of trash can lid.


Best Job On The World?

Ben Southall, who won ‘the best job in the world’, had a brush with death after being stung by a poisonous jellyfish.

Southall, 34, beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world earlier this year to be awarded the $100k six-month job as ‘caretaker’ of a string of islands on the famous Great Barrier Reef.

After enjoying a post-Christmas jet ski session with some friends he climbed off the back of the ski and onto the beach and felt a small bee-like sting on his forearm. What he didn’t realize at the time was that he had been stung by an Irukandji jellyfish, which is no bigger than a fingernail but can be deadly.

Luckily, Ben says he’s now feeling 100 per cent again.


Ten Year Old Survives Nasty Jellyfish Sting

Rachel Shardlow, 10, nearly died when she got tangled in jellyfish tentacles while swimming with her brother in the Calliope River in Australia. Her brother helped her out of the water but Rachel lost consciousness and collapsed at the riverbank. Some quick-thinking campers doused her in vinegar to stop more venom entering her system.

Rachel’s mother drove her to meet paramedics near the remote campsite but her heart stopped on the way and her father had to perform CPR.

FYI: A box jellyfish can kill an adult in less than four minutes.

Luckily, Rachel is recovering nicely.

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Jellyfish Slinger!

Jellyfish Arrest
A 41-year-old man was arrested on Monday at at Madeira Beach, FL after witnesses said he repeatedly pretended to drown, then allegedly began tossing jellyfish at nearby teenagers. According to a sheriff’s office report, Keith Edward Marriott caused “concern for his safety” when he repeatedly submerged himself and floated back to the top of the water. He was also “loud and disruptive.”

He then started throwing the sea creatures.

Marriott was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication and carrying a concealed weapon. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Marriott was carrying a pocketknife in his shorts.

Jail records indicate that Marriott was being held on $250 bond.


Jellyfish Invasion in Volusia County!

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Watch your step if you’re heading to the beaches near Volusia County this holiday weekend. Jellyfish are piling up all over the beaches and there’s even more of ’em in the water. Some are as big as hubcaps, but it’s the smaller ones you gotta watch out for. I hear they pack quite a punch.


Koreans Unleash Predator To Control Jellyfish

Vacationers in Korea will (hopefully) be able to stop worrying about the massive swarms of jellyfish that have been plaguing the beaches and enjoy some splish-splash time.

Filefish have a taste for jellies, and 280,000 of the 2″ fish were released into the waters of Haeundae and Songjeong beaches on Tuesday.

I just hope they don’t like to nibble on the humans.