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Dangerous jellyfish sighted in Exmouth

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
The dangerous Irukandji jellyfish has been sighted washed up on Town Beach in Exmouth
Camera IconThe dangerous Irukandji jellyfish has been sighted washed up on Town Beach in Exmouth Credit: LISA ANN GERSHWIN/PR IMAGE, LISA ANN GERSHWIN

The dangerous Irukandji jellyfish has been sighted washed up on Town Beach in Exmouth.

Department of Parks and Wildlife have confirmed the sightings of the jellyfish that is capable of causing Irukandji Syndrome.

Symptoms of Irukandji Syndrome require urgent medical attention and generally appear between five to 45 minutes after the initial sting.

Symptoms may include severe generalised muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, breathing difficulties, sweating and elevated blood pressure.

The Shire of Exmouth recommended beachgoers and users of the marine environment avoid touching jellyfish of any species, be aware of the signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings and understand first aid procedures and strategies to reduce the risk of being stung.

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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.

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