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PHOTOS: Patong Lifeguards / Newshawk Phuket

A female Russian tourist has sustained a painful sting on her leg from a ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong beach today (September 20).

Patong lifeguards are warning of jellyfish known locally as the ‘fire jellyfish’ at Patong Beach.

Fire Jellyfish or Morbakka fenneri can be discovered in tropical watersa. The physical appearance of this jellyfish is slightly larger than most jellyfish. The fire jellyfish can be seen from their pink coloured body, four inch body length and their bell is two-inches in diameter. Their stings are also painful but no worse than other jellyfish.

Patong lifeguards say, “We have provided first aid to a the Russian lady who refused to go to a hospital. If you are stung by one, pouring sea water or vinegar on the affected area can help relieve some of the pain. Please don’t use fresh water and don’t scratch.”

“Many tourists sustain minor stings from fire jellyfish today but most of them are minor.”

However, some people may have allergic reactions to the stings and should see a doctor immediately.”

Phuket’s beaches only have problems with the Portuguese Man-o-war (Blue Bottle) and the Fire jellyfish. In both case, the stings can be painful but rarely result in complications. But all stings should be seen by a doctor. Some information (Australian website) about some of the more common jellyfish you might find around tropical waters HERE.

Remember jellyfish don’t ‘attack’ you. They are just floating around. WE swim into THEM.

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