It's still the jellyfish season in northern Australia, so it is often with much trepidation that one goes to the beach, if at all, particularly in north Queensland.
So should you worry?
If you do get stung by the box jellyfish — or the Irukandji jellyfish — there are first aid treatments that can be quickly applied. If you don't know what to do yourself, surf lifesavers who patrol the beaches should be able to provide immediate treatment.
As for the Irukandji jellyfish, two tourists visiting Queensland died in early 2002 as a result of being stung by this tiny, virtually transparent killer. There have been no deaths arising from Irukandji jellyfish stings since then, as far as I know. Knowing where and when this danger exists means safety precautions can be taken.
- Dangerous Creatures: Watch out for the Aussie Nasties
- Crocodile Danger
- Box Jellyfish and Irukandji Jellyfish
- Poisonous Spiders
- Stingrays, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Snakes, Cone Shells, Stonefish
As with all dangers — anywhere in the world you go — precaution is always your best protection.