Are Scottish jellyfish dangerous?

Are there any dangerous jellyfish in the UK?

Our big stingers, the Lion’s Mane jellyfish, are not common, our stinging tropical visitors, the Portuguese Man o’ War are rare, and our other jellyfish have mild stings, so serious problems from stings are few and far between.

Which jellyfish sting?


Are there jellyfish in Scotland?

A surge in sightings of jellyfish with stinging tentacles up to 30 metres long in the seas around Scotland have prompted warnings for swimmers. Huge lion’s mane jellyfish can deliver a nasty sting and are being spotted close to Scotland’s beaches and in sea lochs as their season peaks between now and the end of August.

How do you know if a jellyfish is dangerous?

Common signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings include:

  1. Burning, prickling, stinging pain.
  2. Red, brown or purplish tracks on the skin — a “print” of the tentacles’ contact with your skin.
  3. Itching.
  4. Swelling.
  5. Throbbing pain that radiates up a leg or an arm.

Should you pee on a jellyfish sting?

Despite what you may have heard, the idea of peeing on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain is just a myth. Not only are there no studies to support this idea, but pee may even worsen the sting. Jellyfish tentacles have stinging cells called nematocysts that contain venom.

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What to do if you get stung by a jellyfish?

What If You Get Stung By a Jellyfish?

  1. Rinse the area with vinegar. (Not cool fresh water or seawater, which could make it worse.)
  2. Avoid rubbing the area, which also can make things worse.
  3. Use tweezers to pull off any tentacles still on your skin. …
  4. Do not put ice or ice packs on a sting. …
  5. Check with your doctor.