|I spent most of the day happily chasing him|
|Aunt Fanny took him into the "deep"|
The novelty had not worn off for Leo. He remained in love with the sand, water and waves. Running back and forth and back and forth, digging holes, and collecting shells.
|taking a break in the shade to eat some lunch|
|Aunt Fanny and Leo sharing secrets in the tent|
|Me, Aunt Fanny, Uncle Nick, Abi and Leo|
|jb and me|
I don't know much about jellyfish - but I associate them with stinging so I stay away. But I watched dozens of children collecting jellyfish on the beach - with their bare hands and carrying them in buckets or in their arms against their bare chests, so I deduced that these clear ones must be fairly safe. (Yes, I'm a super sleuth that depends on other people's children as guinea pigs.) So, I allowed Leo to touch one.
|Leo has no regard for my fear of jellyfish|
I tried to do some research on jellyfish to understand which ones are safe and which aren't but didn't come up with much. The best I can gather are that the clear ones are either Moon or Nettle jellyfish - but the red ones do sting and are perhaps Lion Mane? Does anyone know when there are less of them - or when they come out in the hundreds like this weekend? Is it a seasonal thing, weather change, or time of day that brings them on? I was surprised to see so many since we had been there the week before and there were only a few. I'm glad to know that the clear ones aren't dangerous, but I'd still like to avoid them because I can't shake the "ick".
|We steered clear of the "red" jellyfish|
Note: I had been thinking that it was the weather that brought all the jellyfish to the shore since as we were leaving the beach a major 36 hour rainstorm hit, but jb suggested that perhaps it was the full moon affecting the tide - which makes a ton of sense.