Irukandji – If in doubt of what stinger was involved, apply vinegar immediately to the sting. Observe airway, breathing and circulation. Make sure the patient rests and send for urgent medical assistance.
Note that the symptoms of an Irukandji sting can take around minutes to develop. You will see bottles of vinegar on all Stinger Beaches which is supplied by the council and Australian Life Saving Association.
Box jellyfish – Flood the area with vinegar for a minimum of 30 seconds. Send for urgent medical attention and monitor the person’s airway, breathing and circulation and be ready to apply CPR if necessary.
Ring immediately for assistance. If staying on Dunk Island go straight to staff for assistance.
• Stingers - Box Jellyfish or Irukandji. - Stinger season is between October to May.
• Found in Northern Queensland, Northern Territory, and Northern Western Australia.
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. The Irukandji (Carukua barnesi) inhabits Northern Australian waters. This is a deadly jellyfish, which is only 2.5 centimeters in diameter, which makes it very hard to spot in the water.
This is a species of jellyfish which has become known about in recent years, due to deaths of swimmers in Australia . In 2002, Richard Jordon was stung whilst swimming off the Coast of Hamilton Island . 58 year old British tourist; unfortunately died a few days later.
Voyages Resort has excellent swimming pools.
If you take a Mission Beach journey you may notice the traffic slows down considerably during the final stages through the rainforest as it enters Mission Beach. This will actually be for a very important reason. To avoid colliding with native Cassowary birds.
The Cassowary (Casuarius casarius) inhabits the rainforest area around Mission Beach and is now an endangered species. Despite being a bird, the Cassowary is Australia's largest land animal. It normally weighs about 65kg, but the heaviest recorded was a 94.5kg monster found north of Mission Beach in 1992.
Sadly, many meet their untimely end by colliding with traffic. So take great care when travelling through areas inhabitted by Cassowary birds. It may add a minute or two to the journey but it is well worth it - and you may just catch a glimpse of this rare prehistoric bird.
Photo: vandalized sign - The first one is supposed to be speed bump and the bottom to watch out for cassowarys. But someone wrote before and after because the speed bump sign looks like a run over cassowary ;-)
Seek local advice in regards to stingers(jellyfish) when swimming in the tropical waters of Australia