Yes, our friends the jellyfish have returned. The other day I saw Common (aka Moon ), Compass (pictured) and Blue Stingers.
The Common (Moon, below) is completely harmless, but all jellies cause most people to have a small freakout. So knowing when not to be afraid is useful.
I mentioned previously about the late spring/early summer arrival, one of the defining events of the coming summer swim season. The worst case (for me) is the arrival to be caused by a south-east wind when swimming in Tramore Bay, where the jellies will be blown into the swimming area. Luckily it’s been a few years since this happened to me. Instead it is the normal population increase, not noticing anything for weeks, then one day seeing 10 or 12.
As I asked Maura to tell the local swim list yesterday, it’s time to start carrying a bottle of vinegar in your swim box again.
One small word of advice: transfer the vinegar to a plastic bottle. I had a glass bottle in the car two years ago and it broke at the inaugural Beginish Swim, so the inside of the car smelled like a chip-shop for the remainder of the week!