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thks to inform us coz here in Malaysia this is unreported
Posted by JP on February 3, 2010 14:14
Don't think this was a box jelly fish because: "Then we realised that it was a jellyfish of some sort. We tried to pull the tentacles away".
Posted by Kabuki on February 3, 2010 16:26
Very sad news. While no cause for alarm above what should already be a healthy concern, I need to correct a point made in the article as there actually have been confirmed sightings of Box Jellyfish on Phuket's popular tourist west coast, with a specimen captured in Bang Tao Bay last December.
Posted by Andrew on February 3, 2010 17:27
Being familiar with them from the Northern Territory and having heard many stories about them possibly being here since we arrived, we always keep vinegar in the car in case of such an event....another option, although not so enticing, is to have a friend 'pee' - it does work apparently and I'd rather that than the pain!....have also heard that there is a local vine that grows here that has a purple flower that if you squeeze the leaves in your hands with water and onto the affected area, it has the same effect. There is a local ''medicine man'' in Rawai who collects a lot of the locals plants and he informed someone of this fact who then told me......
Posted by Fiona on February 4, 2010 09:22
The purple flower you mention Fiona is morning glory. When stung they spread a green paste of it on the sting only after they splashed vinegar for a while.
Posted by Andrew on February 6, 2010 13:10
I saw something resembling a smaller version of a box jellyfish on the northern beach of Koh Kai Nai last Saturday, this is at the southern end of Pang Nga bay (virtually out of the bay) where the water is crystal clear and certainly not brackish.
Posted by mark on February 8, 2010 08:10
I have found two box jellyfish at Bang Tao Beach in the past year and a further six Irukandji at the Royal Phuket Marina this month.
Posted by Tina-Phuket on February 8, 2010 11:53
I have received information that the jellyfish species I have collected at the marina are Trepidalia Cystophora and may not be harmful. The other two Box Jellyfish were collected at Bang Tao Bay.
Posted by Tina-Phuket on February 8, 2010 16:47
Accidents can happen anywhere. But at Cenang...where were the warning signs fo the jellyfish which may have increased after the tsunami?
Posted by Jonathan on February 22, 2010 13:51
I was stung by box jellyfish in Manukan Island in Sabah on December 17th 2009. I was rushed to the hospital by motorboat. I stll have scars on my left leg and thank God I admit that it was a real close call.
Posted by vasanthathevi on February 22, 2010 19:53
Guys, Be careful on Langkawi. I was stung almost a week ago there just walking along the waterline at night. It was a vicious sting. The employees of the resort kept it quiet and looked a little scared and really did not want to talk about it but insisted I get to hospital.
Posted by Tiger on April 3, 2010 06:28
It is just another one out of millions chances that happen...be realistic, how to warn people if the jellyfish never call before they arrive? Why blame one incident and round it up as one reason? (odd how no locals ever seem to get killed?!). Why do you find it odd? Locals dont swim in the sea when its dark or about to get dark because without sunlight you cant see what is in the waters. Langkawi is not a shopping mall. It is a naturally island with natural environment. I personally find the topic very strange for a bunch of literate people, yet failing to interpret the basic balance of logical sense. We all know what jelly fish can do or where it is found and yet we ignore it when it seems fit...our own ignorance makes more sense when someone is to be blamed.
Posted by local langkawi on July 19, 2010 21:41
Sorry Langkawi Local but lethal box jellyfish have not just arrived, they've been stinging unsuspecting people there for a long time. Unfortunately your response is not only misguided but it lacks basic facts and shows complete disrespect for the deceased victim and her husband. Clearly you either work in tourism, hospitality or health (or have connections) at Langkawi as your comments reflect the baseless rubbish and perpetuation of lies that have stemmed from many in these areas trying to protect themselves and their tourism industry - strangely their customers don't rate so highly. The truth is another thing completely. We might be a literate bunch but are you? If so then you would have read the first-hand account of the incident from the not at all elderly victim's husband - read again and please adjust your ridiculous claims of 'fairly deep waters' (wrong!), 'allergic reaction' (wrong!), 'failed to swim' (wrong!), 'not medical reason' (wrong!), 'not poisonous' (wrong!), 'faint' (wrong!), 'actual medical forensic' (wrong!)...! Good advice on not swimming at night though, I wouldn't either. But, the victim and companions were actually walking in shallow water - a bit like what local fishermen do when they're heading out on a night's fishing. Seeing 'we all know' so much about jellyfish, you would know then that box jellyfish are almost transparent and very very difficult to see in broad daylight. Speaking of illogical, on one hand you mention nature warning that visitors are at her mercy yet shut the door on jellyfish as being a possible cause of death yet offer absolutely no evidence?? In Australia the natural environment is a big seller for tourists. The Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Darwin, Broome - heard of them? All of these areas have lethal box jellyfish. It took a lot of work and there were plenty of sceptics like yourself but Australia worked with the problem and found some solutions - not foolproof but sting numbers are considerably down and guests feel safe. Langkawi needs to follow the lead of its Thai neighbors and at least make an effort instead of denying the problem because every single time there is a sting it is going to hurt more than just the innocent victim!
Posted by Andrew on July 20, 2010 08:36
There is a man travelling round the world giving lectures on himself being stung by FIFTEEN BOX JELLYFISH.
Posted by margaret may on October 12, 2010 20:09
They could be small box jellyfish, and there are jellyfish sting survivors.
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