Friday, September 12, 2008

Can You Help With DAN's Jellyfish Investigation?

Can You Help With DAN's Jellyfish Investigation?

Last week during a Specialty Instructor training dive on Chaweng beach, we encountered the Jelly fish pictured below.
As explained by John Lippmann in the announcement below this picture of a Lion mane jelly fish everybody in the Asia Pacific region who encounters jelly fish and has pictures of them, please forward those pictures with the location where the jelly fish were encountered to John Lippmann at DAN.

After I send in my pictures, I got a reply back that it was a fairly harmless Lion Jelly fish, but than a few hours later I received this message from John to ignore the first mail since he "got word back from someone else that this species has been involved with some fatalities in the Philippines and can apparently pack a fair punch!"

Upon my further questioning when those accidents occurred John mentioned that "Yes, I think it is a species of lions mane. I'm not sure when the fatalities were but I suspect not too recently as I hadn't heard of them.
You've got worse jellyfish than this one in Thailand though. This isn't as bad as some of the species of box jellyfish there.

Keep snapping and sending me pics."

Since John is out of office at the moment, I'm waiting for more news. It just shows how useful it can be to put them jelly fish on the map. Maybe it's a good reminder to read my blog article again about the Box jelly fish warning in Thailand and the death of a 10 year old Swedish girl earlier this year in Koh Lanta by Box jelly fish or about my update about vinegar use when you get stung in the water.



Here's DAN's announcement;
As mentioned in Alert Diver, there has been an increase in reported serious jellyfish stings in Thailand, and possibly elsewhere in Asia. Since the last issue of Deeper with DAN, we have received several great photos of jellyfish, some being very dangerous species found in Thailand and the Philippines. It is important to track where these creatures are. To this end, DAN AP encourages any underwater photographers in Asia, especially Thailand, to photograph any jellyfish they see on a dive and email a copy of the photo to us. This will help to increase our understanding and to better catalogue the potentially dangerous species present in parts of our region and so help to establish appropriate prevention and management strategies. The photos can be emailed directly to johnl@danasiapacific.org.
Many thanks for your help with this important project.
Camille

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