Posted by: kauaikolea2 | January 29, 2012

Encountering Wild Sea Creatures — The Jellyfish Return

Kaua’i may be called the “Garden Island” for our lush greenery, but don’t forget, we are an island surrounded by the luscious deep blue Pacific.  One reason visitors come to Kaua’i is to experience the tropical garden atmosphere AND to encounter marine life. (We discussed cardinals in an earlier post, so bird watching is prolific here, too.)

As we have posted, it is easy to spot whales out in the channel when you are relaxing on our lanais.  During the height of the whale-watching season (winter), whale counters on Kaua’i often record 10 whales an hour or more cruising on by.  Sometimes, too, our resident monk seal climbs up onto our beach and takes a nap.  (Please note, it is illegal to approach and/or harrass the protected monk seal.  It is an endangered species very precious to us on Kaua’i.  Observe the seal from a distance!)

Maybe you have heard about our jellyfish?  And maybe not nice things?  The jellyfish are yet another species with a special Kaua’i touch.  Let’s put the jellyfish legend in perspective.

The species encountered most often in Hawai’i is the box jellyfish (Carybdea alata), so named for its square body.  The body is 1 to 3 inches long, but the stinging tentacles can entended up to 2 feet beyond the body. Hawaii’s jellyfish are quite unique among the world’s jellyfish because their arrival on shore is so very predictable.  The jellyfish will come close to shore to spawn for a few days, always 8 to 12 days after a full moon.  These creatures are also rather predicatable in their spawning spots — usually south and west sides of islands, which on Kaua’i would be Poipu and Barking Sands areas.  While jellyfish are not common on the east side where we are located, they could show up. Chances are, you will encounter them when you are exploring other beaches on island before you ever see them on our side.

No matter what side of the island you are on, we suggest that you not worry too much about the jellyfish, as the lifeguards will post signs and otherwise alert you if they are out there.  You may also see jellyfish on the sandy beach.  But — Resist playing Jacques Cousteau!  Even dead jellyfish can release stingers!  In general, the jellyfish are just another Kaua’i adventure.

[While we are not medical professionals, we do know that if you should be stung by a jellyfish, medical literature suggests that you use a stick or gloved hand to wipe the jellyfish from your body.  Apply ice if needed to reduce the stinging.  Yes, we all remember the Friends episode (The  One with the Jellyfish, but no one recommends the, um, “treatment” used.  Contact a lifeguard or other rescue/medical personnel if you think it is warranted. ]

So, come.  Stay with us at our affordable luxury condos and enjoy all the wildlife that Kaua’i has from seals to whales to jellyfish to mango trees to ginger to plumeria and pikake.  You can book our condos at or 1 855 HULA NOW.

Wishing you a warm Aloha!

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