Top 5 ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland

Jellyfish are mysterious creatures shrouded in enigmatic energy, almost hypnotic to watch. But, what about when you get too close? Here are five ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.

Jellyfish are unique sea creatures whose presence spurs as much wonder as fear. While many of them bear no sting at all, a large portion of jellyfish omit nasty stings from their tentacles.

Populating the waters at large around the world, jellyfish may be a force to be reckoned with. Saying that, with the right amount of knowledge and understanding (and some clever preventive measures) there’s no reason not to enjoy the sea or shoreline.

Indeed, it would be impossible to entirely eradicate the potential to be stung by this majestic sea creature. However, there are certain ways to lower the risk. Read on to find out five ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.

5. Be informed – knowledge is power

Being informed is one of the best ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.
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They say that knowledge is power, and we couldn’t agree more. By knowing the different types of jellyfish and being able to differentiate one from another, you ensure that you know what you’re up against, should you come in contact with one.

The next step is to learn what to do if you are stung by a jellyfish. Start by getting out of the water or moving away from wherever you came in contact with the jellyfish. Rinse the wound with vinegar to flush the skin of any additional stings.

If there are any tentacles on the wound, pluck free with tweezers – do not rub. Then soak the area in hot water for 30 minutes approximately. Painkillers, including paracetamol and ibuprofen, will help ease the pain. If the pain persists, seek medical advice.

4. Don some sea shoes – particularly when playing along the shore

Sea shoes are another one of the ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.
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Sea shoes are another one of the ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland. They are also a great way to get peace of mind when playing along the shoreline.

They’re particularly handy during jellyfish season, which takes place annually between July and September.

These water shoes will also allow you to scale the rocks and play in rock beds at ease. With these shoes on your side, you won’t have to worry about creatures such as urchins nestled in between rocks.

3. Wear a wetsuit – get suited for the sea

Wearing a wetsuit is one of the best ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.
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Wetsuits are one of the most common ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.

Although a wetsuit, depending on the quality, can add up to a few hundred euros, it’s a solid investment if you’re planning on spending a good amount of time in the sea throughout the year.

You can purchase wetsuits in various levels of thickness, and it goes without saying that the thicker the wetsuit, the more effective it will be.

2. Avoid jellyfish season – it’s an effective protective measure

Lion's mane jellyfish are one of the most threatening types of jellyfish to watch out for in Ireland
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As mentioned above, jellyfish season runs from July to September each year. That being said, it must be noted that jellyfish are present in Irish waters year-round, so there’s no clear way to tell when is the best time to avoid them.

By avoiding peak jellyfish season, however, you are cutting your chances significantly. And if you are genuinely committed to exploring ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland, this is a reasonable tactic.

1. Apply jellyfish-repellent lotion – a medically-tested marvel

Jellyfish-repellent lotion  is one of the best ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland.
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One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from jellyfish in Ireland has got to be applying jellyfish-repellent cream. Safe Sea is truly the pioneer of this very niche sun cream sphere.

This medical marvel has been clinically tried and tested and is highly water-resistant. It is biodegradable and safe for marine life. Never mind the fact that it is the first and the only sunscreen to both protect from UV and jellyfish stings.

Available in factors 40 and 50+ (aka perfect for Irish skin), Safe Sea is a revelation in the realm of anti-sting products, and we’re all about it!

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