Venomous & Deadly Jellyfish Spotted in Sentosa; Public Advised Not to Swim There for 2 Weeks

It’s Phase Two and people are now allowed to go out into the sun, frolicking on the beach as long as you keep a 1-metre safety distance.

But if you’re going to Sentosa beaches, here’s one thing you shouldn’t do:

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Going into the waters for the next two weeks.

Because a venomous and deadly jellyfish was spotted at Sentosa.

Sighting Of Box Jellyfish

On 2 July, Facebook page Marine Stewards posted a video on Facebook warning about a sighting of a box jellyfish in Singapore.

They remind swimmers to stay safe and keep a lookout if they’re swimming in the sea.

NParks have been informed, the post added, and they advise for swimmers to stay clear of the waters for the next two weeks

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NParks Working To Confirm Presence Of Box Jellyfish

The National Parks Board (NParks) is aware of the sighting and are working with various communities, including the academic, boating and recreational ones that are working in or around the coastal area where the jellyfish was spotted.

It was added that they are also working with the National University of Singapore (NUS) to collect and test the water samples from various coastal areas to determine if there is any presence of the species.

Dangerous To Humans

Box jellyfish have a deadly toxin that helps them kill or stun their prey so that they can hunt them easier.

When stung by the jellyfish, people could suffer from:

  • severe hypertension
  • extreme lower back pain
  • nausea
  • cardiac and respiratory arrest

Not to mention, the sting is extremely painful too.

If stung by a box jellyfish:

  • Wash the area with seawater or vinegar
  • Don’t try to remove the tentacles
  • See a doctor immediately

If any member of the public spots a jellyfish in the area, they should call NParks at 1800-471-7300.

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You should not try to handle the box jellyfish alone, NParks cautioned.

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