The jellyfish is an unusual and fascinating marine animal. Despite its semi-transparent, gelatinous appearance the jellyfish has a painful, venomous sting if you come into contact with one of its tentacles. Take this quiz and learn more about this unique sea creature.
Would you describe the jellyfish as a poisonous or a venomous marine creature?
The terms are used interchangeably, but have different meanings. Poison is ingested, whereas venom is injected for offensive purposes and so the jellyfish is venomous.
Is there an effective first aid prior to medical treatment?
carbonated soft drink
cold fresh water
Acetic acid solutions such as vinegar render the stinging cells harmless, preventing further venom from entering your body. If you don't happen to have vinegar with you at the beach, urine is readily available and also works well.
They rub insect repellant on their skin before entering the water.
They wear women's pantyhose when swimming.
They wear women's pantyhose, since the nylon prevents the jellyfish from detecting the chemicals on the skin which causes it to sting. What your friends might think about you wearing pantyhose when swimming is another story.
They trail ribbons behind them to distract the jellyfish's tentacles.