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Jelly fish?

Beitragvon Deia » Mo Mär 19, 2007 15:54

Hi everybody
My first time on this forum! I am going to Mauritius in November.
One question - is Jelly fish common around the island? Any particular season?
Thanks!

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Beitragvon stefan » Di Mär 20, 2007 2:49

not to my knowledge, never have seen even one.
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Beitragvon MmeTortue » Di Mär 20, 2007 13:38

Hello Deia,

I only remember one occasion when we had a jelly fish 'incident' due to unusual weather conditions. That was back in 1997... so no need to worry.

Have a lovely holiday (although you still have to wait a bit...)

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Beitragvon Deia » Mi Mär 21, 2007 0:42

Thank you! Sounds great! :-)
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Beitragvon Ken » Mi Mär 21, 2007 18:17

Not that common. I've only experienced jellyfish beyond the reef, on dives. And even then, they're small ones and the sting is just anoying for 10 sec, not painfull.

Hope it helps. You've got an allergie for them or something?
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Beitragvon ud » Mi Mär 21, 2007 21:43

When the lagoon water contains more washed soil which has been eroded and carried by rivers after heavy rains or cyclones, its ideal for some types of poisonous or nasty types of fish like the Jellyfish, Stone Fish (Laffe la boue in french) to come and feed on some detriments which they find "tasty". Eventually they flock closer to the shore and stay there until all the washed mud from land gets completely dispersed and the lagoon clears out.

Also, they are harmless unless stepped on or touched. They sting as a defence mechanism.

It was really unfortunate that a tourist died a couple of years ago by accidentally stepping on a Stone Fish (laffe) and I think it was at Pereybere one of the most famous beaches in the country.

And you know what!?!? She didn't die from the sting itself....surprisingly enough she died from the fact that she was allergic to the Antivenom injected to her....So sad :-?

I never recall having heard about casualties caused by Jellyfish.

This shouldn't deter tourists visiting Mauritius because dangers are everywhere and its just your badluck that you are not at the right place at the right moment isn't it?

The JELLYFISH
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The STONEFISH....damn she looks like my Chemistry teacher.. :shock:
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Did I get something wrong here?

Beitragvon MmeTortue » Sa Mär 24, 2007 15:23

Hi ud and everbody else posting within this subject:

The initial question was for 'jelly fish' and I assumed that was what Germans call 'Qualle'.

You were posting about 'Laffe' which is the infamous 'stone fish', in German 'Steinfisch' as it looks like a stone.
Well, that's a different story alltogether because in Mauritius there are quite a lot of them. They are not easy to spot and if your foot gets in contact with its poisonous spikes you say hello to the next hospital...

This is one of the reasons bathing/swimming shoes are recommended, in particular if bathing and swimming between little rocks and stones.

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Beitragvon ud » Sa Mär 24, 2007 16:05

Oops my mistake......I must have been drunk while posting............ :O)
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Beitragvon Deia » Sa Mär 24, 2007 19:30

"This shouldn't deter tourists visiting Mauritius because dangers are everywhere and its just your badluck that you are not at the right place at the right moment isn't it?"

Ok you are right! For example, going by car might be more dangerous!

And thank you both for telling me about the “Laffe”. I have read that bathing shoes are advisable but didn’t know why. I don’t like neither the jellyfish nor the laffe :mad:
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