Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: beautiful Coastal Alabama
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OK, now back to dangerous animals at sea. Picture this, here you are, it's a beautiful warm evening, the setting sun and your dream of just gently sailing along under autopilot have really arrived. Your love is joyfully preparing dinner with that bottle of red. You are in the shower with your bottle of Dawn washing down with salt water, looking forward to that fresh water rinse. All of a sudden your body is on fire, you're covered by a rash, every inch of you, from your scalp, your nethers to your toes. Help!... OK, OK don't panic it's just one of those very possible occurences at sea. Just douse yourself with white vinegar, I even use ammonia, meat tenderizer, hot hot water. Take a Benadryl. The shock and pain will be over soon and some of the remedies I suggested may not actually be good for you, but they will make you feel better than the nematocysts that were stinging you. Also, Now it's your turn to start swilling that wine.
Many times we would sail thru swarms of different species of jelly fish and in clear tropical waters your can see thousands from the surface to great depths. They are usually almost evenly spaced glistening in the sunshine. Do not use your salt water tap at that time! The tiny nematacysts will clog up your filter, if you have one.
It is better to be a hasbeen, than a never hasbeen.