The critter pictured above is a box jelly, also known as a sea wasp. They are causing a lot of problems now, as they do every year about this time, with swimmers. The sting feels like fire and can cause acute inflammation and contact dermatitis. Today I was stung by one on my leg.
It wasn't as bad as some I have seen but felt like briars were ripping my leg. The ideal thing to treat the sting is vinegar. But since I was way down the beach, I didn't have any. So I tried some urine (don't ask) on the stung area. It eased the pain and when I got back to the boat I put some vinegar on my leg.
As I was heading back to the boat, I came upon a fellow who was wading near my dinghy. I told him about the sting, suggesting that he watch out. He was an older fellow with a long white beard and long braided hair (ZZ Top-ish). We started talking about his jet ski and the problems with ethanol in gasoline.
After saying he didn't know what my political persuasion was, he proceeded to tell me that the government needed to be stopped (because of the ethanol issue as well as more serious transgressions in his mind) and that a revolt was coming. He said that he had his rifle with scope and that certain races showed up as different colors in his sights. Really! I mean is this person for real? After telling me how the President wasn't a citizen, he then flicked his cigarette butt in the water. I asked what he thought about littering. It was no use for me to say anything more except that he knows what he wants to believe, and he knows how to believe it. I suspect that he gets his facts from some of the bags of hot gas on the radio/TV. He has the right to his opinion but I don't have to be a captive audience.
All I can say is "once bitten twice shy". No more bites for me today. Hope you are having a good Saturday.