What are they?
If you see a gelatinous blue blob on the sand while you’re walking down the beach or in the ocean while you’re swimming, avoid it and keep your eyes open for more. Most of jellyfish look like small, clear blobs with tentacles hanging beneath them.
Are they dangerous?
While jellyfish stings are painful, most are not emergencies. Expect pain, red marks, itching, numbness, or tingling with a typical sting. Even when they seem to be dead their sting can be very painful.
Once you’ve been stung, for some people it can take a long time for the pain to dissipate but others seem to be hardly bothered at all.
How to avoid getting stung?
Since they are relatively easy to see in the water, jellyfish can usually be avoided. If you see jellyfish in the ocean just stay out of the water in that specific area.
What to do if you get stung?
It’s best to rinse a sting with vinegar. Do not rub the area, it can make things worse. Pluck away any tentacles still on the skin. You can try soaking the wound in sea water with unflavored meat tenderizer and the jellyfish bits should dissolve.
If you experience any kind of allergic reaction immediately seek medical attention as this could be very dangerous.
When is stingray season in Rocky Point?
Jellyfish in Puerto Penasco normally appear during monsoon season with the peak usually being in July.