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Jellyfish Net

jellyfish net at Sunrise Beach

Jellyfish have always been present in the Gulf of Thailand. The great majority of jellyfish that you encounter either washed up on the sand or in the water are perfectly harmless. However, in 2014 a 5-year old French boy died from bites from a box jellyfish at Bottle Beach in Koh Phangan.

This incident has put the authorities on the alert for box jellyfish. The most likely time to encounter box jellyfish is during the wet season from June to October. That is why the Haad Rin authorities have decided to put a jellyfish net in the sea at Sunrise Beach. The net is at the northern end of Sunrise Beach (Haad Rin Nok). This creates a safe swimming area for people. The net was installed at the beginning of July (2017).

safe swimming area at Haad Rin Nok

It also has the added benefit of creating a zone free of the jetski trade. These businesses are confined to the southern section of the beach. One can only hope that if the fear of paying extortionate sums to get a passport returned doesn’t deter the tourists from using the jetskis then that the fear of getting bitten by jellyfish might.

It should be stressed that there have only be 11 reported cases of box jellyfish attacks in Koh Phangan and Koh Samui since 1997. It is far from a common occurrence. Yet, it is good that the jellyfish net is being used in Haad Rin.

For those interested, you can read more about the box jellyfish and safe swimming here. They are box shaped and have long trailing tentacles. It is only one species of the jellyfish that is particularly lethal. The jellyfish can swim about 2 metres a second and is agile in the water.

If bitten put vinegar on the bite immediately and get medical help. If you rent a jetski pray to your deity that you don’t put a mark on the bodywork.

southern end of Sunrise Beach