Sealife to be Cautious of During Spring Break

March 17, 2014
by Michael Barber
Sealife to be Cautious of During Spring Break

If you’re spending Spring Break somewhere warm with a beach, make sure that you stay as safe as possible. Beach vacations are a great option for those looking to relax and have some fun. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a beach vacation also comes with some opportunity for injury. Make sure you stay safe around any sealife that could injure you.

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Coral Cut

Whether you go scuba diving or you come across a reef on your adventures, make sure you are as careful as possible. Coral looks beautiful, even beautiful enough to want to touch. However, if you touch a coral reef, you could easily injure yourself. These reefs are sharp enough to cut you. In addition, the coral polyps can sting. And don't forget, if you touch a coral reef, you could injure the delicate life cycle of the formation. Keep both parties safe by keeping your distance.

Jellyfish Sting

When you’re hanging out on the beach, it’s unlikely that you’ll encounter a jellyfish. However, once you head into the water it becomes a possibility. Jellyfish are all over the ocean, and their sting is no joke. In fact, if you stung by a jellyfish, you may end up at the hospital. Keep in mind that jellyfish will not attack you, but their tentacles are difficult to see, making it easy for you to swim into. You might also encounter jellyfish tentacle pieces that are still active in choppy water. Keep your eyes open, and stay aware of your surroundings to protect yourself against a sting.

Shark Bite

One of the biggest fears most people have when they’re headed into the water is that they will encounter a shark. Usually, if the area is known to be infested with sharks, there will be a warning posted, so that you can keep a safe distance. If you see warnings, stay out of the water. Some things to keep in mind to stay safe from sharks include:

  • Don’t swim at dusk or dawn, as these are the most active times for sharks
  • Don’t swim with shiny jewelry or clothing that is bright colored
  • Don’t swim with open wounds

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    Sea Urchin Stab

    As with most of the other marine animals you have to watch out for, sea urchins are only dangerous if you aren’t careful. If you aren’t paying attention, you can injure yourself if you accidentally touch the sea urchin. Because of the sharp, brittle spines that make up the sea urchin, even a wetsuit doesn’t keep you safe. In fact, that is the biggest concern with sea urchins. The spines can break off when touched. Plus, some sea urchins have venom that they inject, which can lead to a swimmer or scuba diver ending up in the hospital.

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    The easiest way to stay safe when you’re on your spring break is to simply stay away from the wildlife. Don’t touch anything you see under the water, or you may end up injuring yourself. Keep these tips in mind any time you’re headed to the beach.