Sting-free: Mangrove Cell to put up boards, train lifeguards to create awareness about blue bottle

  • | Tuesday | 11th June, 2019

Several marine experts who regularly document the marine species along the shores of Mumbai have spotted a few blue bottles or Portuguese man o' war close to the beaches and expect large numbers to congregate once monsoons hit the city. Harshal Karve, a marine biologist who works with Mangrove Foundation of the Mangrove Cell informed, "Mangrove Cell will place these informative boards at key locations of the beaches and we are seeking necessary permissions to ensure these are properly set up before rains begin," he said. "These methods only worsen itching as rubbing anything on the skin can cause the tentacles to go deeper into the skin and aggravate the problem. He added that along with Mangrove Cell, they would also speak with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) so that the lifeguards including the private ones manning the beaches could be trained in responding to sting cases. Modi explained that these are not jellyfish and are found in Indian, Atlantic as well as Pacific oceans.

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