Irukandji and box jellyfish likely in Bundaberg waters
Irukandji and box jellyfish likely in Bundaberg waters

Marine stingers are on their way down south says expert

A MARINE expert has warned we will see irukandji and box jellyfish in waters north of Bundaberg this summer.

Australia Marine Stinger Advisory Service director Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin said just last month an irukandji sting was recorded at Agnes Water.

Also in December, a cluster of six irukandji stings were recorded at Fraser Island.

She said the stings confirmed their research that irukandji were moving further south.

"It's interesting because of the timing ... it was really the first activity that we were seeing of irukandji in Queensland for the year.

"The take home point is that it's not a one off in southerly areas.

"Everyone thinks those are just up in the north but if you look at this it's really clear they are fairly regular down south."

Ms Gershwin, author of Stung, said the best prevention was to swim between the flags and to wear a stinger suit.

She also recommended using vinegar on possible jellyfish stings.



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