Jellyfish Alert

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There has been a recent increase in the number of jellyfish around Folkestone’s coast. Certain jellyfish can give a nasty sting, and should be avoided. Never attempt to pick up or handle jellyfish, as shown below.

A compass jellyfish found at Sunny Sands beach.

A Compass Jellyfish. Photo © Folkestone Rescue

We have had reports of numerous members of the public being stung over the last two weeks. When entering the water, please consider wearing protective clothing and footwear such as a full-length wetsuit and boots.

If you have been stung by a jellyfish, you should leave the water immediately and keep still. Any remaining tentacles should be removed with tweezers whilst wearing gloves. Taking painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will help to lessen any pain or swelling. In most cases, liberally applying vinegar to a jellyfish sting can also be used to help neutralise it.

Do not apply any other substances (such as urine) to the affected area; these do not work and may make the injury worse. If symptoms persist or worsen, please contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice. If you have difficulty breathing after being stung, you should seek medical attention immediately by calling 999.

If you are stung during our operating hours, you can seek medical assistance from us at our container at the end of the Stade.

A moon jellyfish in the sea.

A Moon Jellyfish. Photo © Alexander Vasenin

3 Responses to "Jellyfish Alert"
  1. Kathy Bugden says:

    My son had an allergic reaction to the Compass Jellyfish sting. It has taken two weeks and two courses of steroids to get him right again. We couldn’t see them in the water but we noticed that sea gulls had started diving around us. Our local health services aren’t used to dealing with this, so it’s great that you have posted this advice.

  2. Thanks for the advice. I live in Herne Bay, on the East Kent coast. I swim in the sea every day and so far haven’t seen a single jellyfish this summer. In fact, I haven’t seen one here for several years now. These weather conditions are more extreme, though, so I’ll be keeping an eye out.

  3. Patricia Cornelius says:

    The photo shows the moon jellyfish which does not sting. The compass jellyfish, on the other hand does. Also Portugese man-o’-war which has long trailing tentacles.. Its jellyfish with these trailing tentacles which are difficult to see that need avoiding most.

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