Tag: box jellyfish

How Much Do Jellyfish Stings Hurt?

How Much Does It Hurt? Courtesy of WOWSA, Pacific Ocean, California. The Schmidt Sting Pain Index was created by renowned entomologist Justin O. Schmidt. It is a pain scale that rates the relative pain caused by different insect stings. Schmidt created his pain index (from 0 to 4) after being stung by 78 different species. 1.0 Sweat bee: Light,

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Penny Palfrey Part 2

Penny Palfrey Part 2 Courtesy of WOWSA, Kaieiewaho Channel, Hawaii. Seven years ago this month, Australian Penny Palfrey attempted a solo 115.8 km crossing of the Kaieiewaho Channel between the islands of Kauai and Oahu. It was her second attempt, starting from Ka'ena Point on Oahu with plans to finish on Kauai's Nawiliwili harbor. On her first

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The Inherent Danger Of It All

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Just as ice swimming requires certain rules (e.g., no flip turns, experienced re-warming procedures), we believe that tropical swims demand certain considerations and protective rules in order to maintain safety. In an apparent contradiction, we also believe that rules pertaining to swims in the 50-82ºF

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Chloë McCardel vs The Box Jellies

Courtesy of 7News in the Bahamas. Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The distance was incredible, 126 km, but the fact that Chloë McCardel could withstand several box jellyfish stings during her record-setting swim in the Bahamas and still continue swimming is unheard of in the open water swimming world. To continue with that amount and

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When Are Stinger Suits Used?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. While stinger suits are used by only a very small handful of open water swimmers around the world during swims where the danger of box jellyfish and other venomous marine life exist, the issue has attracted the attention and interest of the marathon swimming world (see here). Because so few swimmers use

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Top 25 Terms In Openwaterpedia

Top 25 Terms In Openwaterpedia Openwaterpedia ‎is like Wikipedia for the open water swimming world. It is a multi-lingual online reference and research tool that currently has 15,495 different entries that have been viewed 14,743,810 times to date. Among the entries, there are 7,706 people, 1,855 terms, 1,479 places, 2,820 events, 1,182 products, 475

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The Box Jellyfish Packs A Powerful Punch

In a recent article, the venomous box jellyfish was mentioned. "…the box jellyfish, normally found in the Indo-Pacific, had migrated to the Florida Strait. Almost transparent, with 5,000 toxin-firing barbs on each 10-foot-long tentacle, the box jellyfish is particularly venomous…" Note entirely true according to jellyfish expert Dr. Angel Yanagihara.

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