Something wrapped itself around my leg when I was out there today. It felt just like what I always imagined a man o' war's tentacle must feel like. Stung like hell and I've got a raised, red welt about 8' long across the back of my calf.
I got right out of the water and sprayed apple cider vinegar on it, but it didn't really offer me much relief. Now, a few hours later, it's still swollen and red but the stinging isn't too bad.
just for the record, what kind of dangerous jellies float around this area (Southern NC)?
Man-o-wars are the only dangerous ones that I am aware of. They aren't deadly unless they are really big, or you are really small. Don't get me wrong, they are deadly if they sting a child or if they are big enough and sting you near your heart. Don't elevate a sting like you usually would or the poison will flow towards your heart. My girlfriend had a friend who got stung on her foot, elevated it, and the poison ended up spreading further up her leg.
sounds exactly what happened to me and a freind 2 weeks ago spearing at the wrightsville jetty. we still have the scar and its just starting to go away. it bubbled like blisters so after a week and a half of itching we went to get some cream from the doctors and he told us it was a type of box jellyfish. they apparently are not as harmful as the ones in Austrailia, but i thought i was going to die when it hit me.
A Man-of-War can be still be extremely harmful, no matter what the size of the organism. They are all loaded with equally deadly stinging cells. If you do not know what this looks like- if you ever see the characteristic blue-purple gas float on the water, this is a Man-of-War and you should get away ASAP. Man-of-Wars do not come into this area often though, I don't believe. I think it is a wind pattern that blows them in, if it blows for a long enough time to move them very far.
Those guys are no joke. I don't know who in here is from the emerald isle area but last year (I actually think it was October) there were man-o-wars scattered all over the beach. Litterally hundreds up and down the beach. It looked like they got tangled up in the seaweed and grass and just got washed up to shore. Looked like big blue jelly beans everywhere. Once they dried out you could step on them (with shoes) and they would pop like big bubble wrap. Good times.
A Man-of-War can be still be extremely harmful, no matter what the size of the organism. They are all loaded with equally deadly stinging cells.
A larger one is going to have longer tentacles, therefor more stinging cells. You are going to get stung alot worse if 10 feet of tentacle wrap around your leg, than if 2 feet of tentacle wrap around it.