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Jellyfish plague on the Dutch coast

With temperatures around 28 degrees, we will be heading for the beach en masse this weekend. But watch out for jellyfish! The easterly wind brings them to shore and the beaches will be full of jellyfish.

Many species of jellyfish can sting painfully when they come into contact with people. Jellyfish stings can cause pain, swelling, itchiness, and redness of the skin. Our special Outdoor & Sea sunscreen provides high protection from the sun and most jellyfish stings. Read here about jellyfish repellent technology.

Preventing a jellyfish sting

Many species of jellyfish can sting painfully when they come into contact with people. Jellyfish stings can cause pain, swelling, itchiness, and redness of the skin. The severity of the complaints depends on the type of jellyfish and the amount of poison is injected. Care Plus® Outdoor & Sea SPF 50 not only protects against the harmful effects of the sun, but also against most jellyfish stings, corals and sea anemones. Outdoor & Sea SPF 50 creates a protective barrier over the skin that prevents the jellyfish in recognising the swimmer as potential prey so it won’t inject venom into the skin. In addition, the Outdoor & Sea SPF 50 provides a high UV-protection and is waterproof. The active ingredient Panthenol calms and soothes the skin. The cream is clinically tested by dermatologists and suitable for children.

 

Jellyfish repellent technology

Care Plus® Outdoor & Sea SPF 50 patented technology is based on the clownfish, known from the Disney film Finding Nemo. Scientists were fascinated that clownfish appeared to swim past anemones unharmed. The sea anemone, related to the jellyfish, uses venomous harpoons to hunt fish. Upon further examination, the clownfish’s secret appeared to be a mucus layer on the skin. Sea anemones simply did not recognise the clownfish as prey due to this mucus layer and did not inject venomous harpoons into its skin. This special mucus layer became the basis of further research into inhibitors to prevent jellyfish stings.