Jellyfish and Stops the Sting
Who loves jellyfish? I know, right? Squishy, fun, and dangerous! Jellyfish stings hurt! But Stops the Sting will take care of that!
Jellyfish. They basically look like plastic bags with some tassels hanging out the bottom. And despite being brainless creatures that are 95% water, they are fascinating. Jellyfish cover an incredible range of characteristics, from one of the most poisonous creatures you’ll ever meet in the water, the Box Jellyfish, to the more common, and less harmful, Cannonball Jellyfish.
Jellyfish are found in absolutely any ocean you’d care to mention, arctic to the tropics, shallows to the deadly deeps. In addition to the wide variety of habitats, jellyfish also consume a myriad of foods. Called “opportunistic predators,” jellyfish tend to eat whatever they come across, that also fits in their mouth, which can include small fish eggs to even an entire fish.
Although they’re usually pretty slow (jellyfish generally travel at five miles per hour), they can still be mighty dangerous. Most species of jellyfish have long tentacles full of stinging cells known as nematocysts that, when triggered, build up the internal pressure of the cell to 2,000 psi until it bursts. This shoots out a toxic harpoon to spear whatever the tentacle touches. This reaction, while developed to hunt down prey, can also be used in self-defense. When stung by a jellyfish, depending on the species, humans can have a range of reactions from mild irritation to potential death. While immediate treatment is needed to survive being stung by one of the more deadly species, Stops the Sting can help relieve the pain of a less venomous type of jellyfish.
From seconds to a few minutes, Stops the Sting can take away the stingin’, redness, and swelling of jellyfish stings. Apply as needed, and be sure to only dab it onto the sting, don’t rub as it can spread the venom and push it deeper. Just dab Stops the Sting around the affected area and then sing the ABC song (that’s about how long until the Stops the Sting takes effect).
Where they live: Jellyfish live in oceans all over the globe, Arctic, tropics…
What they eat: Whatever they come across pretty much. Some can only eat fish eggs, but others can have entire fish! It depends on the size of the jellyfish.
Different breeds: Most dangerous: Box jellyfish- These virulent fellas live in Australia.
Least dangerous: Cannonball- This is also the most common species of jellyfish.
Life span: Ranges from the 6 months of the Chrysaora fuscescens to the immortality of the moon jellyfish.
Health hazard level: Now, this really depends on the species of jellyfish you encounter. Some can kill you within minutes if you don’t receive the proper care, while others only induce small stings and welts that are simply painful, not deadly.
~ Mike and the Sting Stopper Team
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