Saturday, April 25, 2009

Surfing and box jellyfish!

Surfing and box jellyfish!

A strange combination to start with and where does the diving come in?

Today I received two different messages from two different girls originating from and living on two different continents.

The first message was from Holly Beck, a well known US surfer who competes at the worlds surf stage and recently got into diving. Her shots together with a whaleshark became pretty famous. The surf and dive industry, including PADI, are building bridges and that's more or less how Holly got in to diving. She confirmed my link exchange request today, which makes me very happy and I added her to my blog roll in return!

The second message was from a Malaysian blogger, Miss F. She got stung by box jellyfish very recently, posted about it on her blog, including some very impressive pictures of her injuries. Since she didn't know anything about box jellyfish and her injuries, she found my blog on the net whilst researching the subject at hand and since I've been writing a lot about my experiences with box jellyfish she found my blog.

They both write excellent blogs by the way, very different content on each blog but worthwhile checking out and that's how two very different topics, surfing and box jellyfish come together. In their own rights, not directly related to diving but they are definitely connected now!

Camille

7 comments:

Steve said...

Hi Camille,

So what is out look "locally" for us? Are areas like Hua Hin, Pattaya effected? Great links, thanks for bringing theses together.

Steve

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Steve,

In Thailand it's sufficient to know that occasionally they may be around, just being aware and consequently being prepared should be sufficient. Have a skin suit to wear when you go in the water and have vinegar at hand. No reason to get paranoid or excited about, just be aware!

Steve said...

I started wearing a hood for the sun and things like this. I agree, nothing to get paranoid about.

Miss F said...

Thank you for linking to my blog, Ms. Camille

I am not Malaysian, rather, Filipina. I was stung in 100 Islands, Pangasinan,one of the most popular tourist sites in the country.

jellyfish avoid humans and it would not have stung me had I not approached it first (thinking it was a live blue coral).A skin suit just covering the upper body/torso would be enough. I believe being stung on the legs and arms (like me) is not quite dangerous.

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Miss F,

Sorry for the mistaken identity! However, I'm a Mr and not a Ms!

You might want to get in touch with Mr. John Lippmann at DAN Asia Pacific, they are very interested in identifying jellyfish and their movements. He can also tell you how serious your injuries are and how lucky you are to have survived this. A stinger suit is definately worthwhile wearing.

Miss F said...

oh okay, haha I thought all Camille's were females! ^^

Thanks I a going to keep in touch with him. I have been anxious recently bec. I've been having fevers and feeling nauseous and weak, none of the toxicologists and animal bite specialists in Manila were able to help me (though they were very kind and doing their best) They said they just aren't familiar with a jellyfish sting like mine.

It has been 19 days since my sting,now I am feeling better so I am not so worried anymore, except about the legs scarring and the possibility of not wearing mini skirts anymore!!!!

regarding stinger suits, I recommend that esp. to children!!!

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Miss F,

Scarring does usually last for a life time, very unfortunate.

I would strongly suggest to get in touch with John Lipmann, he will be interested in your case from a scientific point of view but may also be able to help and give advice. John's email adress is johnl@danasiapacific.org

Have a look at this article; http://padidivingidc.blogspot.com/2008/09/can-you-help-with-dans-jellyfish.html