Cheap 4X4 Hire Fraser Island: Jelly Fish warning.
Jellyfish numbers on the rise, expert says
Wtih Compliments :Abc.net.au: Posted Thu 3 Jan 2013, 6:59pm AEDT
A marine stinger researcher says there has been a disturbing increase in jellyfish numbers around Australia.
Dr Lisa Gershwin has confirmed the deadly irukandji was responsible for several recent attacks off Fraser Island in south-east Queensland.
Two men were stung and hospitalized on Wednesday while swimming on the western side of the island.
A five-year-old boy was stung in the same area on New Year’s Day.
Why so many Jellyfish
Dr Gershwin says there have been huge, unexplained jellyfish blooms across the country.
All over the country we were seeing unseasonably large blooms of jellyfish and we don’t know exactly what is causing these blooms because we don’t have enough data,” she said. There is a lot of good overseas research about the causes of jellyfish blooms. It tends to be things like over fishing, climate change pollution too much fertilizer and too much sewage in the coastal waters. Dr Gershwin
I can also barge for seeing jellyfish in Fraser Island waters. We were swimming in shallow water close to the coast a few weeks ago when we luckily saw a Jellyfish close to us in the surf. Needless to say we were on the beach in now time what so ever. I would advise against swimming in the ocean on Fraser Island. I had the same experience at Double island point as well. Bottom line be carefull when swimming in the ocean. Especially if you have little children with you. Dirk Kotze. 4×4 Vehicle Hire Owner.