Jellyfish force Agnes beach closure



AGNES Waters' beach was closed on Saturday for the public's safety.

Agnes Water seasonal lifesaver Tony McCaig said irukandji jellyfish were believed to be in the water.

'We have heard of three stings during the week,' he said.

'Out of precaution we tested the water and liaised with marine experts to make the hard decision of closing the beach.

'It was basically out of precaution and it certainly was a hard decision to make.'

Tony said the northerly winds and warm water were perfect conditions for irukandji.

'We looked at the conditions and the food source (salps) for them in the water and came to the decision that it was best to close the beach for the day,' he said.

Tony said the irukandji jellyfish stings did not tend to be noticed until quite some time after they had been encountered.

'This makes it difficult for us, if we are unaware they are in the water, because we don't deal with the sting directly,' he said.

'We re-opened the beach today after thorough checks of the water,' he said.



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