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Beachgoers, beware of jellyfish

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Summer is the best time for Vitamin Sea but beachgoers are warned about the presence of thimble jellyfish in the waters of Lapu-Lapu City and Olango Island.

Alma Saavedra, information officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR-7), said the presence of jellyfish in the waters of Mactan Island are brought about by several factors.

These factors include rise in water temperature, breeding season, and abundance of food in the area.

It will not be uncommon to see a smack of jellyfish in this area.

That is why authorities advise beachgoers to be extra careful when they go swimming.

In case you, a friend or a loved one get stung by a jellyfish, remember to do the following:

  • Once stung by a jellyfish, get out of the water at once.
  • Rinse the affected area with clean running water.
  • Apply soothing cream to stop the stinging sensation. You may also opt to use vinegar.
  • Take an anti-histamine pill to relive the itching and swelling.

Take note of all these on your next beach trip so no jellyfish will dampen the summer sun fun! / celr

TAGS: a smack of jellyfish, Beach in Lapu-Lapu, BFAR-7, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, jellyfish in Mactab
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