Florida just does not have deadly jellyfish. There is a case of three military combat divers in the Florida Keys who suffered symptoms that resemble those of a person stung by the deadly Irukandji jellyfish normally found in Pacific waters, but it is not known for certain what species stung the divers.
Also question is, what do you do if you get stung by a man of war?
Their experiments showed that the best way to treat a sting from a man o' war is to rinse the wound with vinegar to remove any residual stingers or bits of tentacle left on the skin, and then immerse the wound in hot water—ideally at a temperature of 113 degrees F (45 degrees C)—for 45 minutes.
Can a man of war jellyfish kill you?
Long tentacles have numerous venomous microscopic nematocysts which deliver a painful sting powerful enough to kill fish and even occasionally humans. Despite its appearance, the Portuguese man o' war differs from most animals called jellyfish which are single organisms.
What types of jellyfish are in Florida?
Here are just five common jellyfish found on Florida beaches.
- Moon Jellyfish. via flickr/roland, MSVG.
- Portuguese Man o' War. via flickr/quinet, Joi.
- Atlantic Sea Nettle. via flickr/Alicia-Lee-07, Google Images.
- Cannonball Jellyfish. via flickr/Mr.TinDC, NOAA's National Ocean Service.
- By-the-Wind Sailor.
What should you do if stung by a jellyfish?
Here's what a parent or other adult can do to help you feel better if a jellyfish stings you:
- Rinse the area with vinegar.
- Avoid rubbing the area, which also can make things worse.
- Use tweezers to pull off any tentacles still on your skin.
- Do not put ice or ice packs on a sting.
- Check with your doctor.