STINGERS ARE STILL HERE
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.