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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

It Was Unforgettable

Guila Muir is an avid cold water swimmer from Washington who learned how to swim at the age of 46. While her experiences have been enjoyable and memorable, there was one encounter in August 2011 with jellyfish that she cannot never forget. "I saw and actually hit a Lion's Mane jellyfish with my right hand. All I remember is the agony I experienced; it was unforgettable.

We basically can’t swim skin from June to September in northwest ocean waters [Washington state area] because of the multitudes of jellyfish. They are natural to this area, but of course made worse with warmer water and environmental degradation."

Like Muir in Washington, swimmers, triathletes, surfers, beach goers, paddle boarders, fishermen, crew and kayakers can tell their own jellyfish stories at the jellyfish database, IGotStung.com.

Copyright © 2013 by Open Water Swimming

1 comment:

  1. OK, so I now amend my initial comment, and I am sure that Wayne Kinslow will have a few words to say here as well.

    I have been swimming in the Sound regularly this summer. Certainly we see many Lions Mane jellyfish, as well as other species, but my luck has held firm this year. Andrew Malinak will cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca even as I write this, and I imagine he will see some. I wish him GIANT luck, as those Sound jellies can get to be 4 feet across.

    Wayne's message to all open water swimmers is "Don't be afraid of the jellies!" I am more into "reasoned risk" this year, and encourage others to be the same.

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