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Beasties

Hi guys,

In SE Asia at certain times of the year there are tiny little beasties in the sea that sting you.

Think they were called sea fleas.I googled them and found out that they were actually embryonic

Jellyfish! Crickey! Do you have these in Puerto viejo?

Also we're a bit concerned about the Red Worms we have been reading about.....they sound really

Scarey,they drop out of trees onto you? These are caterpillars yes?

Are they all over or just in certain places?

Thanks love Wendy x

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1. Re: Beasties

Sea fleas are found very, very occasionally when the water has been very warm for a period of time.

Jellyfish are rare.

Red worms? Not even sure what they are after 14 years of living here. (perhaps time to stop reading about beasties and to look at what you are going to eat, see and do! :))

Get some bug spray to keep off sandflies and mosquitoes and you'll probably see little more to concern you than a few geckoes and odd creepy crawlies, as well as butterflies, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and other animals that you'll want to see!

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Agree with SARITA...To much reading about bad insects...nice that you worry ...but do not do it to much!

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Not worried guys just fascinated, although I will wear a hat in certain situations Lol.

When we travel to a new destination and we have been in a few jungles,we like to research it .good and bad.

We love it it's part of the holiday, finding out about everything.

Sara babe, we know what we're gonna do and see, not sure what we'll eat though, till we can see a menu Lol

Don't think we'll starve.

Now is someone gunna tell us about these "worms" or are they top secret! Honest it won't put us off coming!

Isn't there even a "red worm" clinic in PV or was someone telling porkies.

Thanks Love Wendy x

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4. Re: Beasties

I think the red worms you're thinking of are related to almond trees. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g291982-i813-k6504…

http://goo.gl/eWQQM

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Taken from above link:

Warning: you will be tempted to fling your towel out in the shade of one of the many almond trees on these beaches. Don’t do it. A red caterpillar lives in the almond trees around here and if you touch it (or vice versa) it inflicts an extremely painful wound. There’s a sign posted in Puerto Veijo that advises in the case of an encounter with these “red worms” you can either spend $20 and go to the doctor, though there is no treatment, or spend $20 on rum and deal with the pain that way. Or, just don’t sit under the almond trees…

I always sit under almond trees because I am afraid of a coconut falling on my head from a shady palm!

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There is a clinic that sates "worm bite specialist" in Puerto Viejo but I have yet to find someone who knows what it actually means.

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Oh that! I thought it was a poor translation of snake.

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You can be afraid of stuff........ or not.

I realize it's quite a change to come to Costa Rica from Ireland, but there's no need to be frightened of worms or anything. Period.

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9. Re: Beasties

Lol Sara,they don't bite! its the hairs. If you just brush up against them they get you..apparently.

We too won't sit under coconut palms having had a near miss in India years ago.

Hundreds of people every year are killed there not just from the coconuts but from branches n stuff. Also quite a few toddy tappers fall off having sampled too much product Lol.

Thanks Sodomojo for the link that was actually the article that we originally read.

Seems now that they have all but disappeared... Still won't be taking any chances though.

Thanks everyone Love Wendy x

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10. Re: Beasties

Hattie , some of the paddys have a nasty bite.Lol

So we're quite used to venomous creatures being British.

Love Wendy x