• 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 .
A large comfortable spacious enclosed stinger net can be located at Horseshoe Bay. Please take notice of the signs and warnings which are available on the beach.
You are very safe swimming in between the stinger net. You can also hire a stinger suit if one opts to swim outside the stinger nets.
Out of stinger season you can swim in the divine waters and soak in the beauty.
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. In Stinger Season usually the beach has a life-guard, go straight to him.
They are mainly active at night and spend most of the day hiding in leaf litter. What makes them different from other snakes is that they are apparently deaf and can bite a member of a bush walking group after several other members have stepped right over them.
There are plenty of warning signs posted around the island.......
The most notable concern when swimming at beaches in North Queensland is marine stingers.
the danger times are between October and June
sometimes there are stinger-resistant enclosures, and some beaches have vinegar already on the beach but its alwayse good to bring along some VINEGAR to soothe the pain
Mind the warning signs regarding jellyfish. The signs will recommend when to skip the beach and it's for your own good.
Be aware of the kits available on the beach. At best, should you be stung, it just plain hurts. Worst case scenario...death.