What to do if you are bitten by a Portuguese Caravel

What to do if you are bitten by a Portuguese Caravel

We are officially in summer and the good weather that accompanies us invites us to go and enjoy a day at the beach, alone or in company. Our beaches are ready to face another summer season. However, in recent years, our coasts are receiving the "visit" of "aquatic beings" that can become very dangerous. We are talking about "La Carabela Portuguesa".

The Caravel or Portuguese frigate, is a kind of jellyfish that has a very high danger and the contact with its tentacles can have very serious consequences. They are highly poisonous, capable of immobilizing large fish with the toxicity emitted by their tentacles, which can reach up to 30 meters in length if they are extended.

These animals can cause burning, intense pain and skin lacerations, with the tentacles usually adhering to it.

And symptoms may appear such as: gastrointestinal, neurological, muscular and cardiorespiratory alterations with the consequent danger of drowning.


Tips in case you get bitten by a Portuguese caravel:

1. Get out of the water immediately and go to the rescue service.

2. Remove the remains of the tentacle avoiding scratching the area and without touching the remains of the tentacle directly with your hands, so do it with tweezers and gloves. If you do not use it, use any rigid object and avoid, I insist, first of all touching it directly with your hands.

3. Never rub the affected area, or use towels or sand to clean the wound, the pressure can increase the release of poison.

4. Make sure there are no fragments of tentacles and wash the affected area with seawater, never do it with fresh water, because the change of salinity would cause the release of more poison.

5. Apply cold on the area using a plastic bag with ice to lighten the pain.

6. Do not use ammonia, vinegar or urine, in this case it is not advisable.

7. Once clean the affected area avoid direct exposure to sunlight and do not scratch, although it stings and bites a lot.

8. Notify authorities or lifeguards and warn other users in the area.


If, in any case, you have these symptoms: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle ramps, headaches, shortness of breath or generalized discomfort go immediately to the nearest health center or call 112.

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