Notices

Jellyfish around Ft. Walton Beach

Old Jul 8th, 2008, 09:22 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 331
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Jellyfish around Ft. Walton Beach

We are headed to FWB in a couple of weeks. How bad can the jellyfish get? I was reading on trip advisor and someone mentioned that the jellyfish moved in thick one day at our hotel Sheraton 4 Points. I haven't had much experience with jellyfish being from OK.
mapngo is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 09:40 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 4,181
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Like seaweed, jellyfish come and go. You may see them one day and not the next.

You may never see a jellyfish. Or the Gulf behind your hotel may be full of them.

You can't control it, so don't worry about it.
Gekko is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 11:09 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,075
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
mapngo--I had read the same thing about the Miramar Beach area near Destin.

Has anyone been in this area within the last few days? I realize jellyfish come and go, but what I read sounded like a "jellyfish warning" we experienced a few years ago near Pensacola.

sunbabe is online now  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 11:14 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,995
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I grew up working on the beach working for Hawaiian Tropics and I always asked the lifeguards or the umbrella/chair porters what was in the surf. They get out very early and are a wealth of information regarding all creatures that may be out in force that day.

If you do get stung, rinse any remaining tentacles off with sea water, not fresh, and apply vinegar. If tentacles are stuck to the skin, remove with tweezers or gloved hand. Also, look for an allergic reaction like you would a bee sting.

I've only been stung badly once by a large jellyfish. The little ones I've encountered aren't aggressive and you can avoid them if you are aware of their presence. They usually float along their merry way.
nolefan1 is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 12:50 PM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 331
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
thank you all for the replies. Nolefan I will take your advice and try to ask a lifeguard about the conditions for the day. My DH had one wrapped around his arm in Nassau. I was one of the lucky few who didn't get stung at the beach that day. I sure don't want to drive all that way to play in the hotel pool.
mapngo is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 12:58 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,700
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Said last night on the news that for the most part the jellyfish are gone. They were a big bother for a few weeks but have finally moved on.
Be sure to check the flag warning system - purple means pesky aquatic wildlife and red means the surf is too dangerous.
cynthia_booker is offline  
Old Jul 8th, 2008, 01:37 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,075
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Good information, nolefan and cynthia. Thanks!
sunbabe is online now  
Old Jul 9th, 2008, 04:43 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 71
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I was just in Destin/Ft. Walton area last week, I love the beaches there! I got stung as did my brother in law, however it wasn't anything to bad. Stinging for about 10 minutes and then it was gone as quick as it came. I saw a few, small and large, but like the other reader posted, do not worry about it, there is nothing you can do anyway short of not going in the water which I would not do-it is to darn pretty to stay away. The beaches I stay at do not have lifeguards. Just be cautious and they do not want to be near you anymore than you do not want to be near them! Have fun!
leeam is offline  
Old Jul 9th, 2008, 05:32 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 165
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We also have jellyfish sometimes at our Texas beaches. We always carry meat tendorizer in our bags. If you get stung just sprinkle it on very generously and the sting will go away. Son-in-law also carries it in his boat for wade fishing.
fosterag is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
FAMU_AKA
United States
1
Mar 28th, 2017 08:52 AM
klbrascal
United States
7
May 6th, 2016 08:32 PM
neworleanslady
United States
2
Jul 18th, 2005 04:55 PM
joschwin
Caribbean Islands
7
Jun 28th, 2005 10:06 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO