Diving with Jellyfish
I have always had a fetish for the jellyfish tanks because they are so graceful and intriguing. When I am diving with jellyfish though, they scare the shit out of me. During the summer in Florida there are thousands of them and it is hard to stay away. Whenever the dive boat parks, there are literally hundreds surrounding that are sometimes the size of stop signs. I have to admit I did get a pretty good shot of one shown above. I did try eating a jellyfish when I was in China, and it is definitely an acquired taste. Below are some facts about jellyfish you might not have known.
Five things to remember when diving with Jelly Fish:
- Jellyfish are always hungry: The Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish can use its long tentacles to catch fish as long as a foot long
- They have no sense of mind: They have no nervous system. Therefore, the jellyfish are not coming after you (I always think they are though).
- Urine is a placebo: Peeing on the area where the tentacle latched on won’t help much
- They cause sea lice: Sea lice aren’t little bigs that attach to you in the Ocean. They are actually microscopic larvae of a Jelly Fish.
- Jellyfish feel no pain: If you see a Jelly Fish on the beach then leave it be to nourish the ecosystem. Better to not get stung.