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We have the lot. Come see Aussie..We have our Comedians Like Paul Hogan and we have a lot of interesting Wild life and Sea life..

But we have great Islands such as Frazer and the White Sundays. But we have a lot of bewares. Of Crocodiles. & you have to completely cover your body

to avoid being stung. If you want to snorkel but don't want to get stung...:boating:

I just tried to post as a link.. But wasn't able to sorry (New PC)

Here is the article..

Five people stung by Irukandji jellyfish in six days off Frasier Island

by: Rose Brennan From: The Courier-Mail January 06, 2013 11:55PM

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BEACHGOERS are being warned to stay out of waters off Fraser Island after the fifth person was suspected to have been stung by a deadly Irukandji jellyfish in six days.

A 16-year-old boy was stung by a jellyfish tonight while swimming in waters at Wathumba creek off the western coast of Fraser Island.

The teen was staying with his family in a boat off the coast and was stung on his knee about 7pm.

But an ambulance officer said the boy had a delayed reaction to what was believed to be a Irukandji sting and paramedics weren't called until 7.40pm.

An emergency helicopter, flown from Bundaberg, treated the boys at the scene before airlifting him to Hervey Bay hospital for further treatment.

It's the fifth sting since the New Year with all reported to have occurred on the western coast of the island including at Platypus Bay, Wathumba, Awinya and Woralie Creeks.

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The cluster of stings coincides with a burst in numbers of jellyfish blooms in Australia's waters.

On Saturday a nine-year-old boy was airlifted off the island when he was stung on the right arm while on New Year's Day a five-year-old boy was hospitalised when he was stung in waters on the west coast of the island. On Wednesday two men were stung with one of the men, 40, taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

On January 4 the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing put out an alert warning people of the dangers of swimming on the western coast.

"A number of people have been stung by what is suspected to be Irukandji jellyfish along the western coast of Fraser Island."

"Visitors are advised that swimming or wading in the water along the western coast of Fraser Island is not recommended."

Irukandji jellyfish have a small bell with four long tentacles and are in the waters of Hervey Bay but are more common further north.

Stings from an Irukandji can go unnoticed initially with just mild pain but can lead to back pain, sweating, nausea or death.

Irukandji jellyfish have been officially blamed for two deaths in Australia over the past decade after a tourist died in the Whitsundays and Port Douglas in 2002.

Attached files Five people stung by Irukandji jellyfish in six days off Frasier Island The Courier-Mail.htm (134.4 KB)

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