Warn­ing over deadly irukandji

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

SWIM­MERS are be­ing warned to be vig­i­lant on the Cooloola Coast and Sun­shine Coast beaches after a spate of in­ci­dents with irukandji jel­ly­fish.

The deadly jel­ly­fish has been dis­cov­ered twice in wa­ters off Fraser Is­land dur­ing the past two years.

Emer­gency spe­cial­ist Doc­tor Si­mon Jensen said pre­sen­ta­tions to emer­gency de­part­ments sup­port the ar­gu­ment the jel­ly­fish were mov­ing fur­ther south.

“We would ex­pect that to be hap­pen­ing again so peo­ple need to be care­ful par­tic­u­larly be­tween Fraser Is­land and the main­land if they’re swim­ming there,” Dr Jensen told the ABC.

The Cli­mate Coun­cil of Aus­tralia re­leased a re­port that showed the jel­ly­fish were mov­ing south.

The Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Health and Medicine, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Jamie Sey­mour, said warm­ing sea tem­per­a­tures would push them as far south as the Gold Coast.

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