Deadly Irukandji jellyfish invasion, Australia


The Irukandji Jellyfish (Carukia barnesi) Picture: http://www.irukandjijellyfish.com

“The Irukandji is believed to be the most venomous creature in the world” (www.irukandjijellyfish.com)

Broome’s Cable Beach has been closed after a potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish was found this morning during a routine net drag. A Shire of Broome spokesman said lifeguards found the jellyfish at 10am. “Cable Beach will now remain closed until tomorrow morning when another net drag will be conducted and a decision made on whether it is safe to re-open the beach,” the spokesman said. “The shire reminds people that it is still stinger season so anyone swimming, fishing in the water or launching boats should remain vigilant and take precautions including wearing stinger suits and carrying vinegar.” Lifeguards and shire beach inspectors conduct routine stinger drags twice a day during the week. The tiny irukandji jellyfish has a bell measuring five to 10 millimetres wide and four tentacles that can be as long as one metre. People stung by the irukandji jellyfish initially experience a mild sting, followed by severe lower back pain and muscle cramps in their arms, legs, stomach and chest.

Monday, 23 April, 2012 at 06:01 (06:01 AM) UTC RSOE

An excellent site about these jellyfish, giving handy first aid advice: http://www.irukandjijellyfish.com/

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