They’re not as bad as you think they are. In fact, they’re fun! The jellyfish pictured is a Moon Jellyfish Aurelia aurita and they are what you’ll mostly see around our beaches. They are in large part, harmless! Most people don’t even feel their sting and should you bump into them from their bell or the top of the animal, there aren’t any nematocysts or, the stinging cells, so you can’t get stung! Beware however, occasionally a Portuguese Man O’ War or two will wash up on the shores! These beautiful yet dangerous creatures have large blue and black sails and extremely long stinging tentacles, so you’ll know when you see one! Give them a wide berth and keep an eye on those beach flags!
Safety in the Water
“Predict the rip!” and “Break the grip of the rip!” Are just some of the things you learn being a local! Learn how to spot a rip current at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) website. Always check water conditions before going in, know where the lifeguards are, and don’t swim alone! If you feel you’ve been caught in a rip current, never swim against the current but swim out of it parallel to the shoreline. Find the latest safety precautions and guidelines to all things beach safety at NOAA’s website.
We hope you all have a wonderful dream vacation making some safe, Sweet Southern moments. As always, check out the events calendar to add some local events to your dream vacation plans!