Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Learn to Identify Australia's; What to Look for, Where They're Found and What to Do If You're Stung

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Learn to Identify Australia's; What to Look for, Where They're Found and What to Do If You're Stung

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Byline: Jarred Sferruzzi jarred.sferruzzi@dailymercury.com.au

FROM the size of a fingernail with only a few tentacles, to three-and-a-half metres and more stingers than people have toes, jellyfish come in a range of shapes and sizes.

However, if they're cube-shaped, you should look out. Home to one of the world's deadliest species, Queensland waters have experienced dozens of deaths thanks to the aquatic creatures. While the infamous irukandji is well recognised, there are many other types of jellyfish swimming close by which may not be deadly, but can still pack a punch.

"The most common one you'll find is the bluebotttle," Surf Life Saving Northern Queensland regional manager Col Sparkes said.

"We get that from the Tweed border right to the tip of the Cape, but it's not as prevalent in north Queensland as it is down south. "I think we've had thousands of jellyfish stings over the Christmas period but most of them have been bluebottles. …

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