Beach reopens after spate of jellyfish
FOUR Mile Beach has been re-opened after three irukandji stings, 40 box jellyfish caught outside the net and fire jellyfish found inside the nets in the past week.
With the calmer seas has come an influx of different varieties of jellyfish - closing the nets for five days from last Thursday until Monday - and lifesavers remains on high alert.
“The stinger nets are there to keep out boxies and Port Douglas was open because the stinger nets are doing their job,” Surf lifesaving NQ branch regional manager Collin Sparkes said.
“In saying that we had three irukandji stings on January 12.”
A 45-year-old woman was being treated on the beach when the lifesavers received a call from a medical centre alerting them that two other people had been stung.
“Because of a delay in getting stung and getting symptoms, they had left the beach and hadn’t told anyone they had been stung - or didn’t know if it was a minor irritation,” Mr Sparks said.
The fire jellyfish (Morbakka) found inside the safety net are similar to the irukandji jellfish, according to Mr Sparkes.
“They are bigger and don’t pack quite as big a punch but still knock you around, we netted them when we had done the north nets in the morning,” he said.
“The 40 box jellyfish (chironex) was the lesser of two evils, we commonly call them the quadie and that’s what we netted outside the net, but generally when we get the quadies we get the other ones.
“People should not to swim outside of the nets or on closed beaches.
“Wearing protective is also important, especially for small children, who are at a higher risk due to their size.”
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