A current thread on the Phuket forum leads me to ask if any have been sighted since reports in November?
Although the box jellyfish is not common in Thai waters, the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) had recently reported the discovery of two families of box jellyfish – Chirosoides buitendijkl of the Chirodropidae family and those thought to be of the Carybdeidae family, in the waters off the coast of Phuket and Krabi in July and August 2008.
Following the discovery of the box jellyfish in Loh Sama bay, off Koh Phi Phi in Krabi province and in a trap in shallow waters, off Ao Nambor, on the east coast of Phuket island, PMBC has issued an official warning and circulated memorandums to all coastal provinces, urging authorities to set up signs warning of the presence of box jellyfish in affected areas. Dive operators have also been advised to be more vigilant before and during planned dives and to take additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their customers.
thanks for the interesting info, but back to my question ... have any been sighted in KL since the report in November. Do I need to carry my vinegar spray bottle down to the beach each time we go for a dip?
Not sure if this is the area you are talking about LiccyLaccy but checkout this news link reported 6 January 2009:
I would carry vinegar but prevention (and peace of mind) is better than cure. A stinger suit is best. Or at least protective clothing i.e. long sleeves/pants.
Swimmers in Northern Australia wear stockings to protect their legs from possible stings.
we were swimming in the beach near Mukdara Beach Resort and had no problem with jelly fish (29/12/2008-4/1/2009). Not sure about other beaches.
That's great to hear - they must have moved down the coast to Phuket! :)
aussiegoddess - not that report - a comment made by a visitor to KL and also Cathy.
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