Marine Life

Swim Safe Lowcountry
A wide range of organisms, from the beloved dolphin to the invertebrate jellyfish, can present a danger to beachgoers. Jellyfish, Portuguese Man o’ War (PDF), and Stingrays are present at our beaches. Here is what you should for a sting:

Jellyfish/Man o’ War Sting Treatment
  • Remove any tentacles remaining on the individual using a credit card or gloves.
  • Apply vinegar liberally to the affected area using a spray bottle (ensure person does not have any allergies).
  • If vinegar is not available, submerge the area in sea water or apply wet or warm sand to the area without scratching. Do Not rinse the area with fresh water.
  • In extreme cases, the individual may need to seek advanced medical treatment. Be aware of shock and possible allergic reactions.
Stingray Sting Treatment
  • Do not remove the barb if it is still in the person.
  • Minimize any movement of the affected limb and person.
  • Place the affected area in hot water - as hot as they can stand - or place hot packs on the area. This will decrease the pain, but it will return when the heat is removed.
  • The individual may need to seek advanced medical treatment. Be aware of shock and possible allergic reactions.
The above information is presented as helpful hints to our guests, not medical advice. Persons with allergies or medical conditions should check with their physician.