Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Box Jellyfish Threat Closes Main Beach

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Box Jellyfish Threat Closes Main Beach

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Byline: Lisa Benoit Lisa.Benoit@capnews.com.au

BEACHGOERS gave the ocean a miss on Saturday after a box jellyfish was found on the coast.

A fisherman pulled up a box jellyfish specimen in a cast net Saturday morning, which resulted in Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving closing the town's main beach.

Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving deputy president Jason Thompson said nets were dragged along the beach at low tide on Saturday and yesterday mornings to see if any more box jellyfish were in the vicinity.

Yesterday morning's net drag at Yeppoon's Main Beach was clear and the beach was reopened to the public.

The box jellyfish is a large but almost transparent jellyfish with a box shaped bell which can be up to 30cm in diameter.

It also has as many as to 15 tentacles that can extend up to 3m in length.

Its sting causes severe burning skin pain, often with tentacles remaining in the stung area, and a severe sting can cause respiratory distress and cardiac arrest. …

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