STINGERS ARE STILL HERE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tara Cas­sidy and Ja­cob Wil­son

DE­SPITE stinger sea­son be­ing sup­pos­edly at an end, it ap­pears the nasty jel­lies haven’t quite left Whit­sun­day waters.

Air­lie Beach res­i­dent Mar­lene Hicks was walk­ing at the Port of Air­lie ma­rina on Tues­day May 23 when she spot­ted a mon­ster box jel­ly­fish in the wa­ter.

She quickly took to Face­book to warn oth­ers in the area.

“Take care Whit­sun­day friends,” she wrote on a pub­lic Face­book page.

“And please wear your stinger suits, box jel­ly­fish are still in our re­gion.

“I saw this one tonight in our ma­rina, with me­tre-plus ten­ta­cles on it.”

The photo Ms Hicks took shows a large box jel­ly­fish, il­lu­mi­nated by lights in the wa­ter.

Other res­i­dents sug­gested it had been washed out from man­groves by the re­cent rain.

“I was just think­ing if they are around be­cause they have been washed out of the creeks,” Peter Spiers wrote.

Other mem­bers of the page thanked her for put­ting out the mes­sage.

Leonie Lovell said, “Good to spread the word as most would think stinger sea­son is over.”

The sight­ing comes as the swim­ming en­clo­sure at Boathaven Beach has now been re­moved.

Whit­sun­day Coast Life­sav­ing man­ager Cal­lum Docherty said it wasn’t “prac­ti­cal” to have the en­clo­sure avail­able all year.

“The stinger en­clo­sure does need to be cleaned and taken up to head of­fice,” he said.

“This is the only re­port of a box jel­ly­fish sight­ing we have re­ceived but we do live in the trop­ics and peo­ple should use ex­treme cau­tion (when swim­ming).”

WATCH OUT: A box jel­ly­fish was spot­ted at Port of Air­lie.

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