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When I went on vacation last year the last thing on my mind was an encounter with a jellyfish, especially as I checked into a hotel on the beautiful Californian coast.

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John Sciullo Prof. Trogan ENC 1101 7 July 2010 When you least expect it Jellyfish are very dangerous marine creatures that have beautiful bodies with a wide range of colors, which are used to entice its prey. Jellyfish have long flowing tentacles that are dotted with thousands of stinging cells. These contain poisoned dart like structures that are designed so that they penetrate very easily but are extremely difficult to remove. The toxin affects the nervous system and if left untreated, can cause fatal cardiac arrest in less than 15 minutes. Jellyfish are attracted to the shore since there are fewer predators and less choppy water. This is not good for the swimmers who swim in the shallow waters. (Jelly Fish Terrorise Phuket) ...read more.


I can remember this indubitably just like yesterday. I was swimming back to shore when I felt a few dozen brisk stings and something beginning to wrap around my right leg. I immediately called out for help. A couple of people came running out to help me, only to find a humongous jellyfish wrapped around my leg. They pulled me out of the water and on to the beach dragging my ensanguined leg on the sand. I lay throbbing in pain as a lifeguard and some people tried to pry the jellyfish off of me. I can remember looking at the transparent jellyfish dithering as it tried to grab my leg tighter as people were cutting off its tentacles. Every time the jellyfish moved its' tentacles it would sting people's hands, as my leg swell. ...read more.


One moment you are just enjoying the surf and magnificent waves, and the next you are lying on the beach with people severing tentacles off of you. This experience can define a person for the rest of their life. For me, it was the little voice in my head that told me that I will survive this; I have often heard that "What does not kill you makes you stronger." I feel that I had that experience from the jellyfish; I now know that this was a defining moment as I did not panic and was optimistic that I would come out of this event relatively unscathed. It is my true understanding from going through an experience like this and surviving, I now know that I am capable of enduring other situations in my life. In everyone's life there are defining moments from life and death experiences, or just a bad day, this was a true defining experience in my life. ...read more.

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