Jellyfish!

There are jellyfish, and they're incredible, beautiful creatures, but unfortunatley their ugly side is their sting. But, they're not here all year round (not where we swim) as the water gets too cold for them. So you might get stung, but you might not.

Depending on the variety that gets you the sting can feel like a nettle, or if stung by a Lion’s Mane, much worse than that.

Open water swimming comes with an element of risk rather like life itself. You could be killed crossing the road, but you still cross the road.

It’s best to be informed and know what to do if stung by a jellyfish.

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

Photo by Joel Filipe on Unsplash

Precautions Against Jellyfish Stings

There are precautions you can take:

  • don’t swim if you know there are lots of jellyfish and it really bothers you

  • wear a wetsuit, gloves, shoes, goggles and cap so as little skin is exposed as possible

  • I cant vouch for how effective this is but you could try anti-jellyfish cream

  • wear tights (yes, even you chaps) and a long-sleeve rash vast so at least your torso, arms and legs are protected.


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If you find this information useful please make a donation to the Tynemouth Seal Rescue Unit (part of British Divers Marine Life Rescue). If you’re feeling particularly generous have a look at their Amazon Wish List.