JellyFish Facts

Jellyfish Squish

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Jellyfish Squish

Beaches are a favourite spot for many people to relax and have fun. Swimming in the coastal waters is thrilling and many enjoy other water sports too in the sea. One of the dangers people are exposed to when swimming in the ocean is the sting of a jellyfish. The sting is very painful and can even cause death if it is the sea wasp that has stung the person. The sea wasp is also called the sea nettle or the box jellyfish. It is the most venomous among all the different types of jellyfish. The other types of jellyfish stings are also painful but not fatal.

Due to increase in the fishing activities, and warmer ocean currents, there is an increase in the bacteria in the oceans around the world. This and other factors have created a favourable environment for the jellyfish to multiply. The jellyfish population is increasing alarmingly around the world and more people are getting stung than ever before. According to the British Broadcasting Company there were 130 million reported stings in 2006 alone. Experts in the field believe that the actual figure could be much higher.

The tentacles of the jellyfish are the ones that have the venom in them. When a swimmer accidentally brushes against a jellyfish tentacle, they release millions of pointed, cock-screw shaped stingers called nematocysts. Some of these nematocysts penetrate the surface of the skin and release the toxins, which gives intense pain. When the victim rubs or scratches the affected area, the other latent nematocysts also become active and release their toxins, causing greater pain and discomfort.

People rely on vinegar and other home remedies like ammonia, meat tenderiser and baking soda. They douse the affected area with these ingredients to stop the nematocysts from releasing their toxins. All this remedies are not at all effective in alleviating the intense pain. Some people try rubbing these ingredients into the affected parts causing more damage.

There was an urgent need for a solution to the problem of pain in jellyfish stings. J. C. Garyson along with Dr. Verity a marine scientist and Dr. Richard Lee an expert in biochemistry of marine organisms, all came together to provide the world with a solution. The team did extensive research with various formulas, to find the best solution for alleviating the pain of a jellyfish sting. They tested various formulas on themselves and on volunteers, and finally came upon a solution, which is named Jellyfish Squish.

Although the formula of Jellyfish Squish is a trade secret, Garyson has revealed that it contains an ingredient called Lidocaine which is a numbing agent. The formula was supposed to relieve the pain, but it was found that Jellyfish Squish was able to eliminate the pain completely. This product comes in a handy spray bottle so that there is no rubbing involved in administering this solution on the affected part.

Jellyfish Squish has been endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association and complies with the standards set forth by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Jellyfish Squish isn't the only way for the prevention and relief of stings. Find jellyfish sting protection and relief products on Ebay (best price) or your local diving supply store.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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