|There are no dangerous jellyfish
at the reefs and islands
||Several species of Irukandjis inhabit
the reefs and islands.
|You are only at risk of stinging
in the summertime
||Specimens and stings have been reported
all months of the year.
|Jellyfish do not sting locals
||All people with exposed skin may
be stung if in contact with jellyfish.
You can avoid being stung by:
- - swimming like a turtle
- - wearing red
- - swimming at night
- - wearing sunscreen
|There is currently no scientifically
supported evidence that any of these methods reduce stings; the best
method is to swim at patrolled beaches, follow lifeguard instructions,
and wear protective clothing such as a full-body Lycra suit.
|Jellyfish only affect people with
health conditions, allergies, or other sensitivities
||Box jellies and Irukandjis affect
people regardless of age or pre-existing conditions; the reactions are
toxic rather than allergic
|As long as the sting is not close
to the heart, it is not life-threatening
||Box jelly stings are life-threatening
with sufficient tentacle coverage (1.3m for children; 3m for adults);
Irukandji stings require only a touch of venom
I won't get stung if I'm not swimming; I'm
safe if I'm only:
- - wading
- - launching a boat
- - sitting at the water's edge
- - walking in the shallows
|About 90% of box jelly stings and
about 80% of Irukandji stings occur in less than 1 meter of water. Box
jelly stings typically occur to the lower legs; Irukandji stings typically
occur at the water's surface (in as little as 2-3cm of water).