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    The Silent Killer: Staying Clear of Jellyfish in Australia


    Australia is a dream holiday destination that many people feel privileged to experience. It may be a huge journey but the sights, sounds and experiences on offer in the Oceanic region are among the most memorable on the planet. However, the tropical paradise is not without dangers that you should be aware of in case of any travel accident compensation claims. One of the biggest threats is jellyfish in Australia; the sea-based creatures can cause all manner of problems, with anaphylaxis which can result in fatalities.

    How can I make sure that jellyfish do not cause me any holiday-based accidents?

    Although they are very dangerous, jellyfish can be avoided fairly easily. Check out our tips to make sure you don’t have an experience to forget:

    • Avoid Jellyfish Areas – Signposts and some research should steer you clear of areas known to be jellyfish hot spots as these particular areas should have been identified and will come equipped with many warnings. If you are unsure if an area is safe it’s best to either avoid getting in the water, or ask a lifeguard/relevant figure if the jellyfish are present.
    • Wear a Wetsuit – Jellyfish stings are much more dangerous on bare skin, so wearing a wetsuit can provide you with a protective barrier. Such clothing is not jellyfish proof, so it would be best to avoid moving directly through areas where jellyfish populations are dense just to be safe.
    • Stay Away from Washed Up Jellyfish – Tidal movements and waves can sometimes cause jellyfish to become grounded on the water’s edge. Do not be tempted to go for a closer look, as there is a high risk of being stung.
    • Stay Calm – If you do end up in close proximity to jellyfish, try to avoid sudden or fast movements. This will disturb the creatures and could lead to an increased risk of a holiday accident.
    • If you do get stung:
      1. Rinse off tentacles with salt water
      2. Remove remaining tentacles
      3. Use vinegar to neutralise toxins
      4. Keep infected area still
      5. Stay calm
      6. Use ibuprofen to numb pain
      7. Seek medical advice

    Australian holidays can be an intoxicating mix of sun, sea and unforgettable experiences. But, while having fun is important, it’s important to stay safe at the beach and avoid jellyfish. Follow our tips and you should reduce the risk of a holiday mishap.

    Date Published: November 9, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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