Facts about STING, STAB OR STRIKE 1:45pm, Wed 02 Sep 2015Marine stingers are found in the Whitsunday waters (who can blame them) from Oct - May - OUR OCEANS ARE FULL OF ANIMALS SOME YOU SHOULD BEWARE BUT THEY WONT STING OR STAB OR STRIKE, IF YOU JUST TAKE SOME CARE.
What do jelly fish look like?
There are many jellyfish that can give you a very painful sting, but there are
only two in Australian waters that can seriously harm you. These are the box jellyfish and the irukandji. The boxjellyfish is a large, almost transparent jellyfish with a box-shaped body and many ribbon-like tentacles (up to 15 from each corner) that grows up to 3 metres in length. In contrast, the irukandji is very small (only 1-2 centimeter in diameter) with only four tentacles (one from each corner of its body).
Where do they live?
Dangerous marine stingers mostly live in tropical waters north of Agnes Water Queensland, all Northern Territory waters and in Western Australia, south to Exmouth. Sometimes they can been found further south in Moreton Bay, Fraser Island, Sydney and Melbourne.
Why are they dangerous?
Their tentacles are covered with stinging cells which release venom. The box jellyfish is widely regarded as the world's most venomous animal. You might not notice an irukandji sting at first, but over time it will make you very sick which without treatment could lead to death.
How to avoid them. Always swim between the red and yellow flags. Look for and obey safety signs. Do not enter the water when beaches are closed. In tropical waters, also swim in stinger nets and wear a full-body lycra suit.
What to do if you get hurt. Call 000 immediately, exit the water, pour vinegar all over the stung area, provide CPR if required. All our vessels are equipped with 2 liters of vinegar and a VHF radio if you find your out of phone range.
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