Does Exmouth have Irukandji?

Not much is known about the distribution of Irukandji jellyfish or when they are most likely to be around. In Australia they are known to be in waters from the southern tip of Fraser Island in Queensland to Exmouth in Western Australia, just 600km south of the most recent stings at Honeymoon Beach.

Are there stingers at Exmouth?

Hi, you can swim without any worries of stingers all year round at Exmouth.

How do you know if you’ve been stung by Irukandji?

Irukandji-like symptoms can occur 20-30 minutes after the sting and include:

  • severe pain in the body (back, tummy, chest and muscles)
  • increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • anxiety and sweating.
  • nausea and vomiting.
  • in rare cases, fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema)
  • in rare cases, damage to the heart.

Are there jelly fish in Exmouth?

The Shire of Exmouth would like to remind people of the dangers of jellyfish in the Exmouth Region. There have been a number of reports of an uncommon, but potentially harmful jellyfish presumed to be capable of causing Irukandji Syndrome washed up on Town Beach this week.

Is it safe to swim at Exmouth?

Breadcrumb. The Exmouth coastline offers a number of beautiful sandy beaches and the Town Beach is the most accessible and closest to the town centre. The beach is a safe place to swim, especially at high tide even with children.

What happens if you get stung by Irukandji?

Irukandji syndrome is a painful, potentially lethal condition caused by the sting and envenomation from multiple jellyfish species. It is characterized by severe pain, muscle cramping, hypertension, and potentially life-threatening cardiac complications.

Is it safe to swim at Exmouth beach?

The beach is good for swimming and water sports, and there is a lifeguard during the summer months.

Are there lifeguards on Exmouth beach?

Beach information When on a lifeguarded beach, find the red and yellow flags and always swim or bodyboard between them – this area is patrolled by lifeguards. Never swim alone. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help. If you see someone in difficulty, don’t attempt a rescue.

Do you need a stinger suit in Exmouth?

Swimmers can reduce the risk of being stung by the jelly fish, that can look like a piece of plastic or plastic bag, by covering bare skin using stinger suits or rash shirts made of nylon and lycra, or wet suits. Anyone who sights the jellyfish is is urged to report it to the Shire.

How Safe Is Exmouth?

Crime and Safety in Exmouth. Exmouth is the safest medium-sized town in Devon, and is the 51st most dangerous overall out of Devon’s 403 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Exmouth in 2021 was 44 crimes per 1,000 people.

Are Irukandji jellyfish in Exmouth in May?

Irukandji jellyfish are present in Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef, despite what other commenters have said. I should know, I’m the research scientist who named and classified them! Yes they may well be there in May (records go back almost a hundred years; some years they are in lesser numbers though).

Where are Irukandji stings found in Australia?

The southern extent of the Irukandji’s range on Australia’s eastern coast has been gradually moving south. There has been an increased incidence of Irukandji stings reported around Great Palm Island, off the coast of north Queensland near Townsville.

What happens if you get stung by an Irukandji?

According to NT Health, extreme cases of an Irukandji sting may result in “heart failure, swelling of the brain and death”. The Nhulunbuy teen said she knew something was wrong as soon as she got out of the water on Sunday afternoon. Indi Young, 13, is a keen kitesurfer.

Why do Irukandji jellyfish have stingers on their tentacles?

The hypothesis is that the feature enables the jellyfish to be more likely to catch its prey of small fish. Irukandji jellyfish have the ability to fire stingers from the tips of their tentacles and inject venom.