The box jellyfish seem to
move towards the shore in calm waters when tide is
rising and gather near the mouths of rivers, estrays and creeks
following the rain.
Box Jellyfish feed on small
fish and crustaceans.
The Box Jellyfish
season starts with the onset of the wet across the top of northern
Australia, usually around October and lasts until April.
Further south along the northern Queensland or northern Western
Australia coast the season is usually from November to March. They
sometimes appear further south a few weeks beyond the close
of the season.
You have virtually no
chance of surviving the venomous sting. The pain is so
excruciating and overwhelming that you would most likely go into
shock and drown before reaching the shore. So don't go swimming
use methylated spirit or alcohol.
vinegars should be poured liberally over the tentacles to
inactivate stinging cells as soon as possible. The tentacles
may then be removed. Artificial respiration and
cardiac massage may be required.
Where antivenom is unavailable,
pressure-immobilisation may be used on limbs after
inactivation of stinging cells, while the patient is being
transported to the nearest medical centre.
For more information on Marine Stingers and Jelly Fish please read this Interesting Interview between Christina James of Cairns Holiday Specialists with Senior Marine Stinger Advisor Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin Curator from the Natural Sciences Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston Tasmania Where they discuss the chances of being stung whilst swimming the Great Barrier Reef.