Conditions prime for marine stingers
STINGER season has officially started with sightings of box jelly fish at Four Mile Beach and two 20-year-old men stung by irukandji at Palm Cove.
From 1pm yesterday, every Cairns beach from Ellis Beach to Holloways Beach was closed for 24 hours due to the presence of irukandji.
With recent weather conditions producing northerly winds, jellyfish sightings will become more frequent, according to Surf lifesaving NQ branch regional manager Collin Sparks.
“Conditions are perfect for boxers until the weather changes and you have to worry about the irukandji
with the northerlies,” he said.
“Our lifeguards drag inside the nets using special irukandji nets, which has shown a reduction in the amount of cases of stings and most seem to occur out at the reef.
“People should be wary of taking small children even in the nets and everyone should be wearing stinger suits.”
While the ocean is calm the jellyfish will be close to shore, Port Douglas’s head lifeguard Laurie Green recommends only swimming in the saftey nets when a lifegaurd is on duty.
“What happened yesterday won’t have a direct bearing on what happens today or tomorrow, we are dragging to monitor the presence but it’s not 100 per cent consistent, jellyfish play by their rules not ours.”
For more information speak with lifegaurds at Four Mile Beach or contact the Surf Lifesaving North Queensland branch on 4032 2300.