Know Your Jellyfish!
Jellyfish – Amazing Creatures!
When swimming in the ocean try to get to know what is sharing the water with you. The Gulf of Mexico is home to many amazing and wondrous creatures. One such creature is the Jellyfish, it is an amazing creature you may see washed upon the beach shores or floating in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico has an array of jellyfish that can be seen at any time through out the year. For your safety Purple Flags on the beaches often signify the presence of jellyfish. Learn what all the flags mean here.
Don’t get Stung!
Since out business is providing dolphin tours, etc… So whether you are taking out on our pontoon boat rentals, or something else, we like to make sure our customers are informed. Jellyfish are normally slow creatures that mostly ride the waves capturing fish and small sea creatures in their tentacles. If you are careful you should be able to avoid being stung at all. There are some jellyfish that don’t sting BUT it can be hard to tell the species apart and a wrong identification may result in a bad sting or an Emergency Room visit. So ALWAYS stay away from jellyfish if possible.
Interesting Facts About Jellyfish
- Jellyfish have drifted along on ocean currents even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth.
- As jellyfish squirt water from their mouths they are propelled forward.
- Jellyfish come in vibrant colors such as clear, pink, yellow, blue, and purple, and often are luminescent.
- Chinese have fished jellyfish for 1,700 years and they consider them a delicacy and are also used in Chinese medicine.
- Sea turtles also consider jellyfish a delicacy, and like to much on them!
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Common Jellyfish in the Gulf
- Moon Jellyfish
- Portuguese Man-Of-War
- Sea Nettle Jellyfish
- Blue Button Jellyfish
- Mushroom Cap
- Mauve Stinger
- Box Jellyfish
Now you have some great information about the amazing jellyfish. Always use caution while swimming in any water and watch for the Purple Flag-BEWARE the jellies. Remember, if you see them DO NOT TOUCH or you might get a bad sting and have to go the the Emergency Room and NO ONE wants to do that while on vacation.
Don’t forget to bring the family to Bay Point Water Sports to see more amazing creatures and swim with the dolphins on one of our Dolphin Tours. Contact us at (850) 236-5386.
4114 Jan Cooley Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: (850) 236-5386