Thank you Jim, thank you very much..............
You know, I still have my 1970's issue US Army Aviators survival vest with a black leather holster sewn the front and my original issue Smith & Wesson .38 Special Model 10 revolver that we were only allowed to have five rounds in a six shooter, as shown in my avatar. In that vest, originally wrapped in an oiled waterproof envelope is a little manual titled "Jungle Survival". It was handily included along with a K-Bar knife, a radio, some flares, a signal mirror, a whistle, some first aid stuff and a fishing net and some fish hooks just in case our Hueys happened to take a dump over tropical waters. Somewhere in that little gem is some good advise concerning dangerous tropical marine animals to include sharks, barracudas, puffer fish and JELLYFISH. There is a drawing of a Portuguese Man-of-War and a little blurb about pain relief to be accomplished by urinating on the wound.
Anyway, it used to be a requirement to complete a formal instructional class in order to become a "certified" Scuba Diver. I've been a Dive Master since the 90's and regularly assisted with many of those classes. One of the most popular training sessions was always the hazards of marine animals to include sharks of course, then barracudas, Leopard Seals, Orcas and those pesky little mushy stingers collectively grouped as the "Coelenterata". They are the stingers to include Jellyfish, Anemones and certain Corals. The instructors couldn't wait to tell the tales of pissing on the victim in order to relieve the pain, of course the pissing had to be well directed with a pissing device in order to concentrate the piss on the wound. Who is better equipped to do that? Well of course it had to be the guys. What a thrill to work up the class with the opportunity to piss all over someone, especially if the victim is a GIRL! Big deal, they will usually still have their wet suit on.
So, the fact is that anywhere in salt water whether it be warm or cold, the water is usually filled with invisible little stingers, not to mention lots of very visible stingers that only an idiot would dare touch with a bare hand, a knee or elbow. That is why a smart diver always wears an "exposure suit", that may be a wet suit for cool water but most certainly even in warm water should be what is known as a "dive skin" made of thin lycra fabric to protect your skin and some decent gloves to protect your hands.
Oh well, gonna do a Cajun style shrimp boil tonight with last months big Gulf Browns and fresh boiled Imperial Valley sweet corn.