Monday, March 25, 2013

Australian Stinger Myths - Irukandji jellyfish

Did you know?
  • Irukandji jellyfish are found around the world and Australia leads the world in pro-active awareness and risk management
  • Only 5 people are known to have died from Irukandji over the past 100 years
  • If you wear a “stinger-suit” you have over 75% protection
  • Wearing a stinger suit also protects you from the sun and it takes longer to burn through it.
Compare this to:
  • 300 people killed by road accidents per annum in Queensland alone
  • Fatal snake bites in Australia: 1/year
  • Australian bee sting deaths 1980-1990: 20
  • Australian lightning deaths 1980-1990: 20
  • Number of people killed at Disneyland: 9
  • American food allergy deaths per year: 150-200
Every summer there are predictions and threats that we are in for the worst stinger season for years. Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin, a Townsville-based stinger researcher, has once again predicted a bad stinger season for this summer. Emily Smart, marine biologist with the Fantasea Foundation says, “there are a lot of myths and scare-tactics in relation to these tiny marine animals and the Whitsunday Shire Council in unison with other local operators has produced a poster to inform the public about the irunkandji jellyfish, how to protect yourself when in the water and what to do in the case of a sting.”

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