Update on jellyfish sting treatment

We have had an update on the advice we should be giving about these jellyfish stings.

You should put vinegar on the stings FIRST, then a cold pack. Washing with seawater won’t neutralise the sting, whereas vinegar will, so it will help stop the pain, after that the cold pack will help reduce it further.

Information from: lisa.gershwin@stingeradvisor.com

The jellyfish in question is a Jimble  – Carybdea rastoni

Jimble - Carybdea rastoni


Jellyfish alert

We have reports of unusual jellyfish which have recently appeared in the area causing severe stings .

The Tathra SLSC has reported four cases of severe and painful stings. We are uncertain of the species of jellyfish at the moment, but Michael Mcmaster caught six jellyfish at the Bermagui Wharf this morning which he has identified as Southern Jimbales.

Southern Jimbale jellyfish caught at Bermagui Wharf , Jan 19th 2013

These are a relative of the box jellyfish and although their sting is not so severe, it is still pretty nasty.

We believe the best treatment is to: remove any tentacles, wash area with seawater (not fresh), apply a cold pack and flood the  area with vinegar. Re-apply  and send for medical aid if pain persists.

We will update this post with further information when we receive it.

Sea Hares


Sea Hare

Sea Hares [family Aplysiidae] ,gained the common name from their side-on appearance , the rolled tentacles [ rhinophores ]just behind the eyespot

look like the big ears of a hare. They have a small internal shell and large parapodial flaps extending up  from the foot & over the body .We have seen them grazing on sea grass near Fisheries Beach and on algae at Turingal Head.

They mate in large groups ,clusters of animals or long chains……. we observed both at Turingal.

We  think these shown are Aplysia  sydneyensis  but from various references it is not conclusive.

Beginners Snorkel Training

The Sapphire Coast Marine Society wants to help people learn how to snorkel so they can enjoy all the wonders of the undersea world along our coast.

If you are interested, please email: libby.alanhepburn@bigpond.com or telephone: 6495 0917 and we will organise a time and place where you can begin the fun.

Minimum ability: You must be able to swim 200 metres unassisted (without fins)  and have reasonable confidence swimming in the sea.

Although the water is warmish at the moment (around 20 degrees C), you will be able to stay in longer if you have a wetsuit. You will also need fins and a snorkel.

SCMS 2013 Snorkel Program

Here are the dates and details of the Sapphire Coast Marine Society Summer snorkel program. The water is currently 22 degrees C and there are lots of good things to see. Sea Hares seem prolific this year and the annual influx of tropical fish has begun. Sam Nerrie is our very experienced snorkel leader, so you will see lots of interesting species with her. We are adding our sightings and photos into the Atlas of Life database, so you can help us too. Do join us.


Program for the next few weeks:

16th January       Wednesday      9:00am      Bar Beach Merimbula

19th January        Saturday           7:00pm      Blue Pool Bermagui – Meet at the Bermagui Fishermen’s Wharf for supper at 7:00pm then at the Blue Pool at 8:00pm to snorkel as it gets dark

POSTPONED 20th January       Sunday              9:00am      Blue Pool Bermagui – BEGINNERS _ Sorry we have had to postpone this. All interested beginners please contact Libby – we will be arranging an alternative date and time.

27th January       Sunday              9:00am      Bar Beach Merimbula

3rd February        Sunday              9:00am      Bar Beach Merimbula

post us a question below or phone Libby on 6495 0917 or Sam on 0428 111 927 for further details

We are asking for a minimum contribution of $2 for SCMS Members and minimum $5 for Non-Members

( You are welcome to join the SCMS – $17 per person or $24 per family – contact Alan Hepburn 6495 0917)

We will also need to ask for a little extra for the hire of underwater torches for the 19th January night-time snorkel

Conditions for these snorkels will be: All participants must be confident in the sea and able to swim 200 metres unassisted (without gear). Participants need to provide their own snorkel, fins and wetsuits.


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