The One With the Jellyfish

June 14, 2021 ✨ Cattail Life

The One With the Jellyfish

Let's just go ahead and get this out of the way...


This is a Portuguese man o' war. It resembles the jellyfish, but isn't one.

It's pretty. It's also called the floating terror. And it most definitely hurts when it stings.

Do NOT pick them up!

Even if you're using your flip-flops like gloves on your hands to do so... ummmm, just don't.

Yes, I'm speaking from experience.

Here's the deal if your summer adventures include jellyfish or jellyfish look-alikes.


  • Never mind the soaking in hot water.
  • No, you don't need to pee on it (or have anyone else pee on you 😉 ).
  • Vinegar. Soak, soak, and soak some more.​

If you DO encounter a man o' war - do not rub the barbs as that'll cause them to release more venom - and THAT is what hurts!

    • If you need to pull tentacles off, pull them off gently and carefully, trying not to let them touch other parts of your skin.
    • You may not be able to see some tentacles or barbs that are stuck in your skin. Because of this you could cover the area in shaving cream and then shave the skin. This will hopefully clean it properly.

My hope for you is that your summer adventures do NOT include jellyfish, or the like, but if they do - now you're prepared.

And for your other summer adventure preparations...

I've got you covered there as well!

Our new Cattail Life Seasonal Delight, Summer Adventure Boxes, are now available for shipping!

​There are three options to choose from and we know you'll love 'em.

Happy summer adventuring!


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