I Was Not Ready For That Jelly { Attack of the Jellyfish }

Dear jellyfish, Go home – you’re drunk!  In my thirty-three years on this earth, visiting the beach every one of them, I have – had – managed to avoid the wrath of the jellyfish.  Notice the “had”.

jellyfish sting - MamaMommyMomThat would be me, being highly unimpressed with our jellyfish friends.  Within a matter of seconds, my 7 year old daughter, my 3 year old niece and I were all stung by the Atlantic Sea Nettle.  Holy moly… that hurt worse than the majority of my unmedicated labor with my son.  The best way I can describe it is this: It felt like something bit a huge chunk out of my leg, and then I laid down on an electric fence.

Oak Island NC - MamaMommyMomOak Island is a beautiful place.  We’ve been vacationing here since 2003.  This is the first year we’ve ever experienced jellyfish like we have this year.  I mean, we occasionally see them washed up in the early morning, but never in the surf and we’ve never seen anyone stung.  Within minutes of the three of us being stung, another little boy was stung as well.  I can only assume that the storm from the night before really tossed them up.  I shared this picture of the storm on Instagram:

Storm Cloud - Shelf Cloud - MamaMommyMomThat picture is not edited or filtered in anyway.  The storm was wicked (there’s a great video of the lightning on my Instagram feed.)

For future reference, per the lovely gentleman at the Oak Island Fire Department, do not use vinegar or anything else on a jellyfish sting.  You should however take a soak in a hot bath, as hot as you can stand, and it will stop the sting.  I can vouch for the fact that it works.  Really, after the first 20 minutes or so of feeling like I was laying on an electric fence, the hot water felt amazing.

Have you experienced a jellyfish sting?  Do jellyfish and other creatures of the deep keep you out of the ocean waters?

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6 Responses to I Was Not Ready For That Jelly { Attack of the Jellyfish }

  1. I have never been stung by a jellyfish nor do I ever want to. Sorry for your experience!

  2. kendall says:

    Eee! A jellyfish sting! I am so sorry! That must have been terrible!!

  3. Kate K says:

    Another reason I don’t want to go in the water when we are at the beach!! I’m so sorry that happened to all of you! And wow! That was quite the storm. Gorgeous photo!

  4. Whitney says:

    Whoa. That storm looked amazing. Oak Island is one of our favorite beaches. That stinks about being stung by a jellyfish though. Good to know about the hot water! I had always heard to pee on the sting. Ha!

  5. Oh my GOSH! Kyle got stung by a jelly fish a few years ago and I thought he was a BABY for how he acted.. now I guess I should apologize. Haha! I hope this never happen to me, no FUN and definitely not on vacation!!

  6. I have never been stung by a jellyfish and we don’t go to the beach often due my daughter’s skin being too sensitive for beach sand. We’ve been lucky enough to have not encountered any thus far an hope to keep it that way.

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