Tunisia jellyfish season
Every year, more and more jellyfish are found off the coast of popular resorts: the increase in water temperature and its pollution affects. Encounters with these marine life can cause serious burns, so it’s important to choose the right season for your holidays …
All Tunisian resorts are located on the Mediterranean Sea. Like the entire coast, there are practically no killer jellyfish, but white aurelia and blue cornerota are frequent guests. Their burns can be fatal only if the victim has an individual intolerance to the jellyfish poison.
In all other cases, the sensation will be similar to a severe burn of nettles. However, the body does not benefit from a jellyfish burn, and so that the impressions of a beach holiday in Tunisia are only positive, it is important to choose the right resort, as well as a month for the trip.
Jellyfish off the tunisian coast
Jellyfish do not live near the Tunisian coasts all year round, but only in a certain season when they are brought by a warm current. Therefore, the probability of meeting with jellyfish is high during the period when the water in the sea has the highest temperature – about + 28 ° C.
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According to many years of observation, in May and October, jellyfish sail to the north coast. In June, they can be found near the beaches of the island of Djerba. In July, a lot of jellyfish in the resort of Mahdia. And from mid-July to late August, the invasion of these marine inhabitants is observed off the coast of Monastir, Hammamet and Sousse. These resorts are considered the undisputed leaders in the number of jellyfish, not only in Tunisia, but also in all Mediterranean countries. A barrage net is stretched between the buoys on the hotel’s private beaches, preventing jellyfish from swimming close to the shore, but small aurelia jellyfish can seep through it.
Jellyfish do not like cool water, so they are practically absent in Tabarca, where the water is always colder than in other resorts. This resort is suitable for those who swim well and love when the seabed breaks off sharply.
There are no jellyfish at all in Sousse and Hammamet in June, but the sea is so shallow that even the buoys barely reach the shoulders of an adult. It is good to come here for tourists with young children or those who do not hold well on the water. In September, jellyfish swim away from the shores of these popular resorts, and rest in the autumn months will be comfortable here.
According to tourists, in the beginning of autumn there are no jellyfish in Mahdia, and the water in the sea is still warm enough to relax with young children. There are clean sandy beaches and gentle entry into the water.
Djerba has the cleanest water in Tunisia and a comfortable entry into the sea. In any month, except June, jellyfish will not spoil the rest on this island.
It is not always possible to notice a jellyfish floating nearby and avoid contact with it. The first symptoms of a burn are a burning sensation of a small area of the skin and a sharp stitching pain.
Almost immediately, the pain is accompanied by nausea and dizziness, then in some cases the victim may start chills from fever, shortness of breath and cough. The affected area is covered with blisters, the scars from which heal for several months.
First aid for burn jellyfish
Immediately after a burn, even if it seems mild, you need to get out of the water. Over time, the pain will intensify, and the victim will not be able to swim out due to seizures. On the shore, you need to wash the affected area of the skin with salt water – it will cleanse the skin of the remaining particles of jellyfish. Fresh water in this case is dangerous: its chemical composition provokes the release of poison from stinging cells that remain on the skin after a bite. Also, do not touch the burn with your bare hands.
Then you should sprinkle the burn with sand and scrape off with it the remains of the poison with the blunt edge of a knife, a plastic card or the edge of a nail file.
To neutralize the poison, you need to wipe the cleansed skin with an alkaline solution – for example, baking soda diluted in water. If it is not possible to find soda, and the victim is not too squeamish, a solution of soda can replace urine. Soap is better not to use because of the content of extraneous chemicals in it.
To remove toxins from the upper layers of the skin will help acidic environment – apple cider vinegar, juicy pulp of tomato, lemon juice.
First aid for burn jellyfish
To reduce edema, you need to take an antihistamine. In the first-aid kit of any tourist, there must be “Tavegil”, “Zodak” or “Suprastin”, as well as “Bepanten” ointment, which helps with any burns.
After first aid, the victim needs rest in the shade. To burn the jellyfish faster, you need to drink plenty of clean water and give up alcohol.
How to Avoid a Jellyfish Bite
Even if jellyfish are not in calm water, they can be washed ashore during a storm. You should not go into the water and play in high waves if there was a storm the day before: tentacles of jellyfish with still alive stinging cells can remain in the water. Poisonous particles adhere to buoys and breakwaters.