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aa3jy 07-10-2011 07:39 PM

Sea Nettles?
 
Just about every weekend I've been diving on the boat to keep her clean..so far no nettles in the upper reaches of the Bay in particular the Chester River and it's tributaries... So where are those nasty little buggers? How much more time do I have before I have to fore go diving on the boat? Normally around the 4th of July I'll see 'em by then but nothing so far..which I guess is a good thing. By-the-way if you hav'n been swimming/diving the water temps are 80+F

RichH 07-10-2011 10:21 PM

Panty Hose .... one set worn correctly, one set upside down (a slit cut through the crotch to let your head stick out) will prevent sea nettle stings. You will need an 'equivalent' to cover your head. Sea Nettles somehow dont perceive the need to sting through panty hose like they do when they come in contact with bare human skin ..... fine mesh panty hose, not coarse mesh that is.
;-)

wingNwing 07-10-2011 11:14 PM

Eh, they're here, just haven't gotten quite the right combination of salinity and temp to have reached this far north. NOAA shows where conditions are just right for the little nasties here: Forecasting Sea Nettles - Remote Sensing for Coastal Management - chesapeakebay.noaa.gov

T37SOLARE 07-10-2011 11:27 PM

So far no Nettels anywhere around Herring Bay, but I have heard they are a few in the Tread Avon by Oxford. Nasty buggers they are, but I will add the water quality in the Bay has been much better than I've seen in many years.

wingNwing 07-21-2011 04:27 PM

Happily, they're *still* not here! Article in today's Capital: http://www.hometownannapolis.com/new...jellyfish.html

LandLocked66c 07-21-2011 04:52 PM

So what's the amount of pain these guys can dish out? Very painful?

DRFerron 07-21-2011 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by LandLocked66c (Post 752951)
So what's the amount of pain these guys can dish out? Very painful?

Never been stung myself, but I've heard the expletives loudly emitted from those who have.

SlowButSteady 07-21-2011 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by LandLocked66c (Post 752951)
So what's the amount of pain these guys can dish out? Very painful?

It all depends on exactly which species of "sea nettles" (and sometimes even what populations within a species) one is talking about. People also vary in their sensitivity to various species. Occasionally, I've experienced some pretty painful stings; something like a small bee sting only LOTS of them. But usually they're more bothersome than actually painful. The real threats are box jellies (i.e., cubomedusea) and Man-o-War jellies/bluebottles (Physalia sp.), both of which are fish-eaters and therefore have vertebrate-specific toxins.

pdqaltair 07-21-2011 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by RichH (Post 748628)
Panty Hose upside down (a slit cut through the crotch to let your head stick out) will prevent sea nettle stings.

I think I would sooner die:laugher. The stings arn't that bad.

Also it is very location dependent; the wnid and tide move them around a lot.


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