Heading to the Beach? Here’s How to Protect Yourself from Jellyfish
Millions flock to Thailand’s unspoilt beaches every year – to maximize the enjoyment of their stay, travellers who swim in the ocean are advised to take extra care in case of contact with jellyfish. This especially applies during the monsoon season, when rain wind and storms can often bring Box Jellyfish and other unexpected marine creatures closer to the shore.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise tourists to be extra careful when swimming or snorkelling in Thai waters due to the season of Box Jellyfish, and not take any risks by entering waters where signs have been posted.
Measures are being taken in all of Thailand’s beach resorts to keep swimmers safe. Signs warning of the dangers of jellyfish have been erected and First Aid stations have been set up to deal with any person who might have been stung.
Tips, Do’s and Don’ts
Marine biologists’ advice is to:
If in contact accidentally with a Box Jellyfish or get stung, stay calm and try to remember to take these steps:
While it is extremely rare for swimmers and divers in Thailand to be stung by jellyfish, we do ask that everyone planning to swim or dive, particularly in the Southern Region of the country, to be aware that there may be jellyfish present.
Do not swim if there are warning signs and always make sure of the location of the nearest First Aid centre before bathing.
Several species of jellyfish, mostly harmless, can be found seasonally in Thailand. However, Box Jellyfish are sometimes found off the beaches of Ko Lanta and Hat Nopparatthara – Mu Ko Phi Phi National Marine Park off Krabi province, Nam Bo Bay in Phuket province and often off Hua Hin and Cha-am Beaches in Phetchaburi province, as well as Ko Tao in Chumphon province, Ko Samui, and Ko Pha Ngan in Surat Thani province.
Credits: Tourism Authority of Thailand <https://www.tatnews.org/jellyfish-warning-for-travellers-swimming-in-thailand/>