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Officials sound stingray, jellyfish alert at Mumbai beaches

On Thursday, a lifeguard from Dadar chowpatty told HT that there were over 200 jellyfish at immersions spots

mumbai Updated: Sep 08, 2016 23:56 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Stingrays possess poisonous barbs, which upon contact can cause injuries while long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers.
Stingrays possess poisonous barbs, which upon contact can cause injuries while long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers.(HT Photo)

Devotees planning to immerse their Ganesh will have to watch out for stingrays and jellyfish at the Girgaum, Dadar, Juhu and Aksa beaches.

Officials from the fisheries department carried out surveys at these beaches and found the presence of jellyfish and stingrays.

“A day before Ganeshotsav began; our survey found a lot of jellyfish as it is their breeding season. While colonies of jelly fish are found to be present at the surface, stingrays are found at the seabed,” said Yuvaraj Chougule, assistant commissioner, department of fisheries.

“We will be carrying out another survey at Dadar, Juhu and Aksa beaches on Friday morning and submitting our findings with civic body,” said Chougule.

On Thursday, a lifeguard from Dadar chowpatty told HT that there were over 200 jellyfish at immersions spots. “Along with oil sediments along the beach shore, poisonous jellyfish might injure devotees. We have escalated the matter to senior lifeguards and will help citizens on Friday,” said Subodh Kadam, Mumbai fire brigade lifeguard.

Stingrays possess poisonous barbs, which upon contact can cause injuries while long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. The jellyfish sting causes severe itching, swelling as it contains neuro-toxins.

In 2014, 18 people from Juhu beach were rushed to nearby hospitals after they complained burning and itching due to being stung by jellyfish. In 2013, 70 devotees needed medical attention during immersions at Girgaum Chowpatty after coming in contact with stingrays.

Civic body officials said they were aware about the potential danger to devotees due to the presence of these marine species. ““Medical staff with ambulances and doctors will be on standby at all beaches. Painkillers, ointments and steroids have also been kept for any untoward incidents,” said Anand Waghralkar, deputy municipal commissioner, in-charge of Ganesh immersions.

Why should you care?

Stingrays possess poisonous barbs, which upon contact can cause injuries while long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. The jellyfish sting causes severe itching, swelling as it contains neuro-toxins.

What should you do if you get stung?

First-aid for jellyfish or stingray injuries

•Apply vinegar or saltwater to neutralise the pain

•Avoid using freshwater to ease the pain, as it will only aggravate it

•Tentacles of box jellyfish should be carefully plucked out from the skin

If you are entering the sea for immersion

•Wear a thick layer of clothing to cover the entire body, and tall gum boots

•Ensure that no part of your lower body is directly exposed to water, to protect you from being stung