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Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish ‘invasion’

Independent   

7 January, 2019 17:11 PM



Thousands stung in Australian jellyfish ‘invasion’

Vast numbers of bluebottle jellyfish have swarmed beaches in Queensland. Photo: Getty Images

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Thousands of holidaymakers have been stung by jellyfish after a vast number of the sea creatures swarmed beaches in Queensland, Australia.

Surf Life Saving Queensland said a “whopping” 3,595 people were attacked, forcing the closure of popular swimming spots across the northern state.

Lifeguards said the invasion was caused by unusually strong north-easterly winds pushing the marine animals close to shore.

Queensland's heavily populated Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions were worst hit.

While no fatalities have been reported, several people suffered anaphylactic shock and were treated by paramedics during the weekend, Nine News reported.

While no fatalities have been reported, several people suffered anaphylactic shock and were treated by paramedics during the weekend, Nine News reported.

A message posted to the SLSQ Twitter page warned people to stay out of the water to avoid being stung.


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