Australia has exceptional Beaches that are among the best in the world. However, reports say over the past one hundred years, more than sixty people have died from a Jellyfish sting. This post is our contribution to keep you safe as you enjoy your activities on the beach. We will review the different types of Jellyfish and how to avoid them, what season they appear, and where and what to do when stung.
Different Types of Jellyfish and First Aid
Although Jellyfish is dangerous, some species sting is mild. Below are the critical types to avoid.
The Australian Box Jellyfish
That is one of the most hazardous out of the pack and among the most deadly fish worldwide. It is the largest Jellyfish type with a boxed shape. It is about 25 cm wide with 15 tentacles of 3 mm length from its sides.
Its sting has enough poison to kill several people in a row. The sting is considered the most painful burn and shows marks on the skin, and the person will faint and die.
What to do
Pour Vinegar on spots of the skin you were stung. Allow it to stand for 30 seconds and call for an Ambulance quickly.
Irukandgi’s sting is deadly. It is small and about 12 mm wide, translucent, and invisible to the eyes. Its body is box-shaped with a tentacle of about 1 m long on each side.
Its sting is unnoticeable and not painful. But you will get goosebumps and sweating in the spot it stung you. Then, 30 minutes later, it will cause nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and sweating. The person stung suffering grievous backache and muscle spasms will faint.
What to do
Rub Vinegar over the stung part of the skin and call an ambulance immediately.
Cyanea, Physalia, Tamoya, and Catostylus
These are other types of Jellyfish on Australian Beaches so, beware.
Cyanea is also called Snortie or hair jelly. Its body is 30 mm wide with 50 mm long tentacles that resemble a mop.
Physalia is also called Bluebottle, Portuguese Man of War, or Man o War Jellyfish. Its 8 cm length body resembles a sack full of air, with a 1 m long single tentacle.
Tamoya is called Fire Jelly or Moreton Bay Stinger. Its boxed shaped body is 1 m long, with a tentacle on its side.
Catostylus is also known as Blubber. Its body is 30 cm long and shaped like a mushroom without tentacles. It has frills or fronds below.
What to do
If any of these four Jellyfish sting you, it will cause a burning sensation on your skin. Tamoya sting causes similar symptoms to Irukandgi, so use the same treatment method.
If any of the other three stings you, use seawater and cold compress. Assuming the symptoms persist, call for medical help.
What Seasons Do They Appear and Which Places?
Box Jellyfish and Irukandji appear in lukewarm waters from October to April. Also, between November and May in the Northern (Bundaberg, Darwin, and Geraldton WA). Bluebottle is in the Gold Coast, Sydney, Tasmania, and Perth.
How to Avoid Them
Read signs mounted on these Northern beaches for Jellyfish type in that water and the time they appear. Wear Stinger suits to avoid stings. Observe residents and imitate them.
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