Season's first sting

© The Cairns Post

A TEENAGER has become this stinger season's first victim of the potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish.
Surf Life Saving Queensland closed the beach at Green Island, off Cairns, after the 15-year-old boy was stung about 11.45am yesterday.
He was taken to Cairns Base Hospital for treatment and later released.
Lifeguard Jay March said it was the first irukandji sting for the season.
She urged swimmers to cover up and swim in the enclosure nets between the red and yellow flags.
There are no enclosures at Green Island but Mr March said swimmers should wear stinger suits.
"We're now entering the high-risk stinger season," Mr March said.
"We usually do about three or four drags a day depending on the weather.
"The turn of the tide is a good sign for jellyfish."
Mr March said lifeguards had been doing drags at the beaches for the past month but had not caught any box jellyfish or irukandji.
"The weather at the moment is very conducive to irukandji and we are experiencing 29 degree waters.
"The northerly winds and northerly currents sweep irukandji from the Reef into shore."
Tropical Australian Stinger Research Unit director Jamie Seymour said the reefs around Double Island were a source for irukandji.
Nets are in now in place at most beaches along the Far North coastline. Kewarra Beach nets will be moved into position today

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