Swimming in the ocean is fun, as there are a lot of activities available and it can be an interesting to just experiencing the vastness of it. A lot of people like to surf, boogie board, fish, go snorkeling or scuba diving, find sea shells, even find food to eat such as sea scallops, sea weed, crabs, lobsters, squid and shrimp. It can be overwhelming for someone who has not been to the ocean much in their life.
When it comes to the locals, no matter where you go, there will be people that know the little secrets of how to be safe while in the water. They will know about the tides, the under water reefs to avoid, the fish that are safe to eat, and so on. They will also know what sea creatures you should steer clear from, because while sharks can be a threat, they are not the only dangerous animals in the ocean. Find some locals and talk to them about the beaches or other swimming areas in the area.
Here are some of those freaky animals you will want to watch out for:
-Jelly fish: Half alien and half phlegm (or so they appear), jelly fish are the peskiest living beings you will encounter while swimming. In some places they are everywhere. Some people are allergic to them, even dangerously so. If you happen to get stung by a jelly fish, m.s.g. or mono-sodium glutamate is an ingredient you can buy at the grocery store that helps eliminate the pain caused by the poison. It is also advised to urinate on a jelly fish sting, which could save someone’s life.
-Sting rays: Sting rays will be in swimming areas dug into the sand a little to stay anchored down from the tides going back and forth like flounders do. Usually they will swim away briefly before you get to them but that’s not always the case. Watch your step. You don’t have to worry about their relative, the manta ray stinging you.
-Eels: Eels are rarely encountered when you are just swimming, but when you go snorkeling or scuba diving you may see them. They are usually harmless, but don’t swim too close to them just in case. If you catch one while fishing just cut your line.
-Puffer fish: These fish will swell up real big if something is about to touch them to try and chase them away. They swim extremely slow and are pretty funny to watch, just don’t eat them because they are extremely poisonous. There are chefs who cut the meat off and make fugu, or puffer fish sushi, out of what little meat is on them that isn’t poisonous, but this is not a gamble you should take because there are numerous people that die from fugu poisoning each year.
Catching Cat Fish
Fishing for Crappie with Deep Divers and Crank Baits
Crappie Fishing in the Spring
Information on fugu poisoning