Marine Stings Directory
Marine animal stings and poisonings mainly happen from saltwater creatures. There are a few freshwater creatures to be cautious of, too, as their stings and poisonings can be just as dangerous. Some of the more common marine stings are from jellyfish. But surfers and beachgoers can run across stingrays and accidentally step on them, causing the stingray to whip its barb into feet, ankles, and legs. Other aquatic creatures to look out for are stonefish, scorpion fish, catfish, coral, cone snails, and eels. If you have been stung or poisoned by any type of aquatic creature, seek help immediately. Find out more about the types of stings from different creatures, first aid treatments, and what to expect.
Stingray Injury Treatment
WebMD takes you through the steps for the emergency treatment of stingray injuries.
Jellyfish Stings Treatment
WebMD explains first aid steps after a jellyfish sting.
Cone Snail Sting
The sharp, venomous stinger of the cone snail imparts a paralytic toxin similar to that of the pufferfish and the blue-ringed octopus; poisoning symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, muscle paralysis, blurred/double vision, and respiratory paralysis.
Jellyfish are free-swimming, bell-shaped, gelatinous creatures with tentacles that may be more than 3 feet in length and may have stingers (nematocysts) capable of piercing human skin.