Jellyfish

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Jellyfish

Don't get stung by the deadly box jellyfish, also known as stinger or sea wasp, from around November to April along the Queensland coast north of Great Keppel Island.

While stings from any type of jellyfish will cause pain and discomfort, the box jellyfish is said to contain enough poison to kill three adult human beings.

Persons stung by the box jellyfish are to be treated like snakebite victims and should be rushed to hospital after first aid.

First aid treatments

First aid treatments include dousing the stings with vinegar. Imbedded tentacles should not be removed. Artificial respiration may be required.

Always ask the locals for advice if wishing to venture into the water. Some beaches may look enticingly uncrowded, but there could be a reason for that.

The deadly box jellyfish is not believed to be anywhere else in Australia.

When you're in Queensland, you should be safe on beaches south of Great Keppel Island such as on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast.

   

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