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What stung me? (Picture Posted)

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by got4boyz, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. got4boyz

    got4boyz Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Driggs, Idaho, United States
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    I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. (I have many more if your are every interested. LOL) It is amazing that these "plant like" things are animals!

    I enjoy identifying plants, trees, birds, insects, etc. and find them very interesting. But these living things beneath the sea are unbelievable!

    You really need to take a trip to Cozumel someday. I'm fortunate to live near Houston, Texas so I can get inexpensive flights there. My husband and I go nearly year. I just wish I could do it more often, but with kids and all you have to put those priorities first.
     
  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    I'm with ya Beth. I got my kids up for sale now! :D But then they LOOK like animals but act more like plants... potatoes that is! :D
     
  3. got4boyz

    got4boyz Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Driggs, Idaho, United States
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    :rofl:

    Somedays I could easily just give mine away!
     
  4. sploosh21

    sploosh21 Guest

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    almost positive it is a fanning gorgonian. dont know much about the stings tho
     
  5. scottfiji

    scottfiji Solo Diver

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    Location: santa monica
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    If its any consilation, my girlfriend and I were in Cozumel from april 9th to 17th, we both got stung by the stinging bush hydroid that was in the photograph. We had really bad welts on our ankles, knees, and hands (we only ran into them for a second, but they were everywhere, and they were quite large). We do a lot of macro-photography and the current pushed us into them.

    Anyhow, the welts developed over 1-4 days, and the itching was the worst 3-6 days after first contact. I recommend lots of benedryl. They are clearing up now, 2 weeks later.

    I hope you feel better.
     
  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    BTW, the very best first aid for this is COMPLETE AVOIDANCE. I strongly suggest that you practice and perfect your neutral buoyancy and trim in a pool BEFORE you go on a big trip. This is especially important if this is your first dive in a while. Let's face it... this and other hydroids (like fire coral) are completely avoidable (even in heavy surge)IF you can achieve neutral buoyancy and proper trim. You don't have to take a chance of ruining your trip with a chance encounter. Do the time in the pool and save yourself the agony. You will also join the ranks of those who are comfortable under the water and actually look competent there. :D
     
  7. H2Andy

    H2Andy Blue Whale

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NE Florida
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    ayup... in the words of Shakespeare, it out-Herods Herod; pray you, avoid it...
     
  8. scottfiji

    scottfiji Solo Diver

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    Location: santa monica
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    well said, avoidance is the best medicine...
     

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