Swimmers warned to paddle inside the net
JUST because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean that they aren’t there.
One of the most venomous marine animals known to mankind has been spotted in local waters.
Five box jellyfish were caught on Port Douglas’s Four Mile Beach last week and lifeguards are warning people to stay inside the enclosure nets.
Lifeguard supervisor Jay March caught the dangerous stingers while doing the morning drag and said swimmers need to stick to the rules.
“Talk to your lifeguards, cover up as much as possible and don’t swim outside the nets,” Mr March said.
“The box jellyfish are very dangerous and can kill you within two minutes. It is very common to find them this time of year with the calm conditions.”
Box jellyfish are cube or bell-shaped, pale blue and transparent and have approximately 15 tentacles on each corner which can measure up to three metres long. The five juvenile jellyfish caught were very small, however it means they can make their way through the nets.
Victims who are stung can suffer cardiac arrest within a few minutes, experience shock and excruciating pain.
A number of tourists are still swimming outside of netted areas along the beach where local lifeguards have had to ask them swim inside the nets.
“From time to time we still have to confront people about the stingers and ask them to move into the netted areas,” Mr March said.
Tourists say they feel comfortable swimming inside the netted areas even though a number of deadly stingers have been found.
Melbourne woman Elizabeth Merai has been swimming inside the nets during her holiday and says she feels safe.
“We feel safe swimming inside the nets because the lifeguards are close by,” she said.