Deadly Irukandji jellyfish discovered off Fraser Island

BEACHGOERS at Fraser Island have been warned to stay out of the water following the discovery of a deadly Irukandji jellyfish on the western side of the popular Queensland holiday spot.

AN IRUKANDJI jellyfish has been caught on the western side of Queensland’s Fraser Island, prompting a warning for swimmers to stay out of the water to avoid deadly stings.

The highly venomous jellyfish was found in a stinger drag by Surf Life Saving Queensland on Sunday and sent to jellyfish expert Professor Jamie Seymour who confirmed it as an Irukandji.

“We’re urging everyone to stay out of the water entirely on that western side of the island while conditions are hot and humid,” Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said on Wednesday.

This warning comes after four people were hospitalised on Wednesday and Thursday as a result of irukandji stings, with the three women and 12-year-old girl reportedly all in stable conditions.

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