Jellyfish: Indefinite bans if issue persits

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The coastal belt in Matara including the 'bathers’ paradise' Polhena Beach will be banned indefinitely for all local and foreign tourists if the on-going jellyfish issue persists that left five beach users with infected wounds today.

An official at the Disaster Management Centre in Colombo told the Daily Mirror that necessary instructions had been passed on to law enforcement authorities in Matara to warn and inform the public about the danger.

Since Sunday morning there was a noticeable decline of foreign tourists at the Polhena Beach whereas Police Lifesaving members in numbers were present educating the public to refrain from using the beach.

The Matara District governing body led by its District Secretary, Matara Mayor, members of the Disaster Management Centre, Ocean Scientists as well as senior police officials will discuss today to determine whether to ban the beach area indefinitely until the jellyfish threat is over.

At present the police cannot take any action against people who would bathe irrespective of the warning as there is no directive issued prohibiting the use of the beaches.

Four local adults and a teenage boy of a foreign country were admitted to the Matara Hospital on Saturday with infected wounds all over the body claimed to have been received coming into contact with jellyfish.

They were given immediate treatment and their condition was learnt to be out of danger and were discharged shortly after.

The threat had been caused by a type of jellyfish identified as Physalia Physalis that was found in hundreds either in the water or washed ashore.

According to scientists these creatures that roam in far off seas are believed to have been pulled towards the coast by the strong currents generated due to the rough seas due to the monsoonal season.

An unstoppable itch causing infections leading to wounds on the skin is evident if it comes into contact and subsequently symptoms like tightening of muscles, severe pain, increase heart rate and ultimately death for heart patients. (Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana and Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk)









Pix by Sajeewa Wijeweera

 
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  • ANTON Monday, 22 June 2015 07:28 AM

    WHY ..... OUR ZOOLOGISTS HAVE NO CAPABILITY TO FIND A SOLUTION FOR THIS PROBLEM,

    Prof. S. Gunawickrama, University of Ruhuna Monday, 22 June 2015 01:36 PM

    First of all, what is in the figure is not a Jellyfish- it is in the same phylum but a different one. It is called Portugese Man O War (Portugese Man of War), resembling a battleship. The scientific name is Physalia. Several species are there in the tropical ocean waters, floats with wind. So it must have floated to our waters from somewhere. WE cant stop it. Just have to stay away until they disappear.DANGER: IT IS A CARNIVOROUS ANIMAL. It has long tentacles equipped with toxic CELLS, CAN KILL EVEN FISH. So if come into contact, it will cause severe allergies on skin. Do not touch. DO NOT USE Vinegar, it will further damage wound. Use salt water and hot water to ease the pain, and seek medical help. REMEMBER that this is different from Jellyfish venom.

    Yas Monday, 22 June 2015 08:55 AM

    This could be some conspiracy issues targeting tourism. National security always need a vigilance.

    lkboy Monday, 22 June 2015 09:42 AM

    Its not a problem. Its a natural phenomenon.

    THETRUTHSZ Monday, 22 June 2015 09:43 AM

    This is really horrible decision.firstly Anton its not possible to stop this, why? Because even a developed country like Australia constantly faces this issue, these jelly fish come ashore due to wind.


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