Box jellyfish alert
through Tuesday

Swimmers and beach-goers are being warned about a possible box jellyfish invasion along South Shore beaches beginning this weekend.

The city Ocean Safety Division advises anyone who knows they are allergic to a jellyfish sting and don't want to get stung to stay out of the water.

The main day of the influx is expected to be Sunday, with most of the jellyfish gone by Tuesday.

The beaches most commonly affected are Ala Moana and Waikiki but the stinging creatures have also shown up at Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha, Waimea Bay and other North and West shore beaches.

City lifeguards will assess the situation daily at each beach and post warning signs if necessary.

Anyone stung by a jellyfish is advised to flush the sting area with copious amounts of white vinegar.

Anyone experiencing a severe reaction such as breathing difficulty, muscle cramps or spasms or persistent pain is advised to get medical attention immediately.

Recorded advisories from the Ocean Safety Division can be accessed 24 hours daily at 922-3888, ext. 51.


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