Island hopping, snorkeling in Moalboal suspended

Island hopping, snorkeling in Moalboal suspended
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THE local government of Moalboal has suspended until further notice the island hopping and snorkeling activities in the town due to the presence of box jellyfish.

The suspension came after the Moalboal Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) received a report that a guest was stung by a box jellyfish while snorkeling.

Petty Officer 2 Robinsons Casabuena, acting sub-station commander, said that around four individuals were also brought to Badian District Hospital but they were already in a stable condition as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The Moalboal CGSS said that the box jellyfish was spotted in Panagsama Beach on Tuesday, May 28.

It then advised the cancellation of island hopping trips around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Box jellyfish is a type of jellyfish that is pale blue and transparent in color. The National Geographic stated in its website that the name “box jellyfish” is derived from the cube-like shape of its bell.

This type of jellyfish is one of the most feared, as its venom is considered the most deadly in the world. When a person is stung by it, toxins from the box jellyfish’s venom usually attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells.

People who survive from a box jellyfish attack can experience considerable pain for several weeks. Scarring is also visible after its tentacles made contact with a human skin.

In June 2023, a tourist who went to swim in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island died after he was stung by a box jellyfish.

The locals and tourists alike were then advised to wear protection and be vigilant when going out into the sea to ensure safety. (CDF/ANV/LMY)


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