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Should You Pee on a Jellyfish Sting?

Special thanks to San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay for letting us film their beautiful jellyfish. Find out more about them here: https://www.aquariumofthebay.org/

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Sure, jellyfish look pretty serene, but we all know the evils that come from a run-in with those tentacles. You’ve probably heard the rumor that peeing on a jellyfish sting can make the pain go away, but does this icky old wives tale stand up to science?

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Nematocysts firing footage is courtesy of Ron Koss at the University of Alberta. http://www.biology.ualberta.ca/courses.hp/zool250/Labs/Lab03/Lab03.htm

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Scientific consultants:
Susan Richardson, Ph.D.
Mike McGill
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers

Sources:
“Jellyfish and Comb Jellies” Smithsonian Institute (2014) http://ocean.si.edu/jellyfish-and-comb-jellies

“Take a look at a jellyfish sting in slow motion” PBS (2014) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/take-look-jellyfish-sting-slow-motion/

“What’s Behind That Jellyfish Sting?” Smithsonian Magazine (2013) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-behind-that-jellyfish-sting-2844876/

“Should We Stop Using Vinegar To Treat Box Jelly Stings? Not Yet—Venom Experts Weigh In On Recent Study” Discover (2014) http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2014/04/09/stop-using-vinegar-treat-box-jelly-stings-yet-venom-experts-weigh-recent-study/#.WPF_jWTysfE

“Old Wives’ Tale? Urine as Jellyfish Sting Remedy” ABC News (2006) http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2283933&page=1

“What You Need to Know About the Coming Jellyfish Apocalypse” Mother Jones (2014) http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/06/watch-out-summer-swimmers-here-come-jellyfish

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10643389.2014.1000761

Jellyfish Stings and Their Management: A Review
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3640396/

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