New Jellyfish App Available
New Jellyfish App Available
The Medusapp is used to report the presence of jellyfish and provide information about each species in the area, it has already recorded 1,300 sightings.
Links to the App can be found here and are in Enlglish as well https://medusapp.net/
Just a few weeks ago 2 of Benidorms beaches were closed for a short while due to the sighting of 2 Portuguese man o war
Medusapp , the application developed by two former students of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, researchers from the University of Alicante , the CIBER of Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES) and the Immunoalergy Laboratory of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation Health Research Institute (IIS-FJD), this year offers more information and benefits to users.
Medusapp allows anyone to warn of the sightings of a jellyfish and offer in real time a map of the places where its presence is detected. Since its launch and so far, the app has received more than 1,300 jellyfish sightings, of which 909 have been published; as well as photos of 402 bites , which are sent directly to the Jiménez Díaz Foundation Research Institute.
Now, the app incorporates new improvements, such as the possibility to upload the photo of the shipment from the gallery of other devices, not only with the camera of the phone. “We were asked very much by divers and navigators who do not take their cell phones to the water, but GoPro cameras,” says Eduardo Blasco, one of the developers of the app.
In addition, it is able to notify the user if there have been sightings in recent days within a radius of 5 km from their position, being able to generate a quick global report on the situation maps . “It is also possible to consult the sightings in any range of dates and / or species desired,” adds Ramón Palacios, another of Medusapp’s developers.
A sketch of the human body has also been added , which helps indicate the bite area, new maps, as well as filters that make navigation through the application more accessible and friendly. “Our goal is to facilitate the use of this app to the fullest and to collect as much information as possible about the sightings of each user,” adds Ramón Palacios, another of the app’s developers.
Medusapp allows you to send both the photo of the species and the abundance and estimated size, data that is published on a map on www.medusapp.net and which can also be accessed from the application itself. The user can send a photo of the jellyfish, in the case of sightings; and in the bites, you can also send them, also explaining how long it has been since it was produced or type of species that has bitten you.
The scientific-medical data on the bites obtained are managed and analyzed by the LIFE Cubomed project team, composed of researchers Cesar Bordehore and Eva S. Fonfría , of the Multidisciplinary Institute for the Study of the Environment (IMEM) of the UA, and the doctors Victoria del Pozo and Mar Fernández Nieto, of the CIBER of Respiratory Diseases (CIBERES) and the Laboratory of Immunoalergy – Health Research Institute Fundación Jiménez Díaz (IIS-FJD).
Didactic and first aid guide
The new version of Medusapp also has a didactic guide and images of the main jellyfish and an interactive first aid guide, with recommendations in case of bites/stings depending on the species. All this information comes from the LIFE Cubomed project, in which César Bordehore, a researcher at the UA, participates, together with personnel from the Institute of Marine Sciences of the CSIC in Barcelona.
“Before a jellyfish sting, the main thing is to remove the remains of tentacles with tweezers or a plastic card, without rubbing, and inactivate the stinging cells that could remain on the skin with a mixture of bicarbonate and seawater,” recalls the expert in marine ecology of the UA.
Medusapp is available for both Android and iOS, and it works both online and offline in case there is no coverage or it is preferred to send from WiFi coverage once the information is collected.
Stay safe on the beaches always follow the life guards warning flag system.
The above information has been provided by www.diarioinformacion.com,
Translated from Spanish to English so some details may be lost in translation