Warning over deadly irukandji
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.