Sea jellyfish threat in Australia

Posted by Richard Theiss 13 Nov 2013
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Sea jelly threat in AU. Warming waters and changing currents could bring a particularly dangerous species southward along Queensland coast.

Under changing ocean conditions, could more dangerous jellyfish be moving farther south?

Will venomous irukandji jellyfish reach south-east Queensland?

For the people of northern Australia, dangerous jellyfish stings are all too common. But under changing ocean conditions, could more of these dangerous jellyfish be moving farther south along the Queensland coast?

Increasing ocean temperatures and strengthening ocean currents are causing many marine species to migrate polewards. Among the species predicted to expand their distribution is the potentially deadly irukandji jellyfish, which are found in tropical regions around the world, including northern Queensland.

If these jellyfish do reach south-east Queensland waters, it could have a severe impact on local tourism and human health in coming generations.

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