Watch Out for the Box Jellyfish!

National Geographic photo of the Box Jellyfish

If these guys are on schedule, they should be out and about today!  Be careful and watch for signs posted on the beach!  With our winds being the way they have been recently, I’m not sure what the impact of that will be, if any.  The Portuguese man-of-war may provide a little visual alert, but you probably won’t see the box jellyfish coming.  Ouch!

It’s mostly the beaches on the East (the windward side) of O’ahu that will see more of our squishy visitors. If the warning signs are there, stay out of the water! We live with this phenomenon but it seems that Australia has a need to take a more serious approach.  We should consider ourselves lucky!  🙂

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cloudia // May 18, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    These mini-moons do wax monthly here in waikiki…regular as clockwork!
    Aloha 😉

  • 2 Evelyn // May 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Cloudia! How are you? It’s nice to have something to set your watch by… it’s always nice to be forewarned. I don’t always mention the jelly gang but this month they actually interferred with the Honolulu Triathlon! Boy, my timing couldn’t have been better. They worked around it — they just had to run more so the participants suffered more physical impact but at least they weren’t stung all over the place!

    Thanks for stopping by, Cloudia, and leaving us a note and letting me share more stuff!

  • 3 Hawaii realtor // May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    We “chanced ’em” and went surfing anyways. The waves were really good that weekend and I don’t know anybody that got stung.

    Still a scary thought though. A friend got stung once and he told me it was the most intense pain he ever felt.

  • 4 Evelyn // May 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Oooooh, you guys are brave! I’ve only encountered the Portuguese Man-O-War and that was enough for me! From what I’ve read the Box Jellyfish is worse! I’m glad you guys avoided injury! 🙂

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