Jellyfish Stun Sea Slugs To Capture Nuisance Award

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 | 3 Comments

As my mother used to say, this is "a bit silly."

As my mother used to say, this is "a bit silly."

Stings from microscopic jellyfish are plaguing swimmers at popular beaches on Auckland’s North Shore.

A health warning has been issued for Takapuna, Cheltenham, Narrow Neck and Red Beach after reports of people developing itchy and painful red rashes after swimming.

The rashes were very likely caused by microscopic jellyfish, a statement from Auckland Regional Public Health Service said.

It said the jellyfish, which are too small to be seen, get caught inside togs and sting covered skin areas once the swimmer gets out of the water.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Simon Baker said the problem was likely to spread throughout the Hauraki Gulf amid warm summer weather.

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– NZ Herald


  1. Ric says:

    I was swimming at Narrow Neck Thursday and Friday and was totally unaffected.

  2. Jasper says:

    My kids got zapped by something last Saturday at Takapuna beach. The weird thing was that I was swimming with them and wasn’t touched by the evil critters. The only thing I can think happened is that the jellyfish were in a particular spot they were in during the first five minutes, when I was making a phone call on the edge of the water and they were in the shallow bit alone.

  3. Bill Dalwood says:

    Swim naked!

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