Be alert for harm­ful jel­ly­fish

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The De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife is urg­ing vis­i­tors to Nin­ga­loo Reef to be aware of jel­ly­fish af­ter re­ported stings and sight­ings of jel­ly­fish in the wa­ter and on beaches.

A DPaW spokes­woman said this in­cluded one sting from the un­com­mon, but po­ten­tially harm­ful jel­ly­fish keensin­gia gi­gas pre­sumed to be ca­pa­ble of caus­ing irukandji syn­drome.

The spokes­woman said peo­ple should avoid touch­ing jel­ly­fish of any species, be aware of the signs and symp­toms of irukandji syn­drome, and un­der­stand first-aid pro­ce­dures.

While most irukandji jel­ly­fish are small, trans­par­ent and of­ten not seen, keesin­gia gi­gas are typ­i­cally much larger with an elon­gated, clear, cube­shaped bell 10-15cm in di­am­e­ter with one short ten­ta­cle on each of the four cor­ners.

If irukandji syn­drome is sus­pected, the sting and sur­round­ing area should be doused with vine­gar and vic­tim trans­ported to hos­pi­tal im­me­di­ately.

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