Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My World; Stingers;

Marine Stingers (Jellyfish)
There is an array of jellyfish (also called 'marine stingers') in Queensland's tropical waters.
Stingers are of particular concern in waters between November to May/June. In Tropical North Queensland, we call this period 'stinger season'

Ellis Beach North Queensland;

The most dangerous species that may be present in North Queensland waters during stinger season is one of the species of Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri). It can cause fatalities.
There are also jellyfish commonly known as Irukandji Jellyfish. This name is used to encompass a group of jellyfish that can cause Irukandji Syndrome. Irukandji Syndrome is a painful reaction to a Irukandji sting and may require hospitalisation.

Vinegar station;

Many beaches have a bottle of household vinegar provided on the beach. If you are stung, pour vinegar on the sting and then seek medical attention.

Look for and observe warning signs. Don't swim when beaches are closed.
During stinger season many beaches in Tropical North Queensland have stinger-resistant enclosures (stinger nets) to help protect swimmers from jellyfish. Stinger nets afford a high degree of protection, however, they are stinger 'resistant' not stinger 'proof'. To avoid Irukandji stings check with the beach lifeguard / lifesaver.
Do not interfere with stinger nets or sit on floating pontoons. During stinger season it is advised to wear protective clothing (wet suit or lycra 'stinger suit') when swimming in the sea (beach and reef). Enter water slowly (Chironex Box Jellyfish will often swim away from people given the opportunity and time).

(The beaches in South East Queensland are free of stingers. )

Source : Health Queensland Gov.
Photos TS.
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  1. have only encounter smallish jelly fish here in the States in California growing up...don't think they were any thing like what you have there. enjoyed your fascinating post about the stingers and the photos of the beautiful beach.

  2. Jellyfish are tough to deal with. I enjoyed your post.

  3. I am glad we don't have to deal with stingers like that on the NC coast. Yikes -- if we did I wouldn't go in the water without a wetsuit.

    I agree, fascinating post.

  4. Yikes!!!

    I think I'll stick to hot tubs! lol...

    Interesting info though and very nice photos!

  5. it's really good that you have those stinger net to protect swimmers from those nasty stingers. A friend had a bad experience with one and she is scarred for life. My world is here

  6. Wow Titania, thank you for this information, it is always good to know.
    I don’t go close the water when this specimen is there, in Venezuela the season is November –December and you could never get me taking bath in those month and I do love beach. It seems like there is a lot of it here in Australia…OMG!

    Now and Then.

  7. I am glad you posted this, so many people disregard safety warnings and come to grief, swimming in dangerous places infested with various stingers, crocodiles or rips. We are so lucky to have our lifesavers who do boring beach patrols or put their own life on the line to rescue others.
    I had a wonderful time catching up on your blog. Love your poetry post too.

  8. I do not like jelly fish! That was a very interesting post. At first I wanted to go swimming but I think those waters are bests viewed from afar.

  9. We have smaller less dangerous jellies here. But I still do really enjoy the ocean.

  10. It's a beautiful beach, but I wouldn't want to swim with jellies in the water! I'm not used to swimming in water with dangerous animals in it. Here in Michigan our Great Lakes don't have problems like that. But they don't have the buoyancy of salt water, either.

  11. That's the shame about our northern beaches.

  12. Wouldn't be much fun to run into the jellyfish. Sometimes we've visited family in Florida when the "stingers" are present. I'm always leery of getting in the water with them.

  13. Sounds frightening. The jellyfish on the coast of Norway is far from that dangerous. In the Lac de La Pène we are totally free of those creatures. Nice pictures, I enjoyed those.

  14. I guess I would not go in the water. Interesting post.

  15. Huch da schwimme ich dann doch lieber im Zürisee, obwohl das Meer....
    Liebe Grüsse