Roni Blackburn Haines posted this photo of a severe sting on the Sunshine Coast Community Board. Roni says there are a lot of jellyfish in the Noosa River at the moment, although he is unable to say what type they are.
Roni Blackburn Haines posted this photo of a severe sting on the Sunshine Coast Community Board. Roni says there are a lot of jellyfish in the Noosa River at the moment, although he is unable to say what type they are. Roni Blackburn Haines

Potentially dangerous jellyfish stinging in the Noosa River

YOU might want to think twice about jumping into the Noosa River for a swim at the moment, if this sting is anything to go by.

Roni Haines posted this image to the Sunshine Coast Community Board, warning there are "loads of jellyfish in the Noosa river at the moment” and that they didn't appear to be bluebottles or the harmless jelly blubber.

"To be honest they looked similar to a box jellyfish but I doubt that they were,” he posted.

The post prompted plenty of debate over the likely source of the sting, but in the end it was Roni who managed to identify the culprit.

"It was a morbakka jellyfish which is a close relative of the irukandji but thankfully not anywhere near as poisonous,” he posted.

Fortunately the woman stung by the jellyfish was now completely recovered except for a large red mark, he said.

And while you may not have seen a morbukka before, they have always been there. In fact, one of the common names for the morbukka is the Moreton Bay jellyfish.

According to an information sheet put together by Redland City Council, which covers the bay, morbukka can cause symptoms similar to irukandji.

"No fatalities from Morbakka have been recorded in the Redlands, however all incidents have required urgent medical assistance. One case in prior years has required life support,” the information sheet reads.

Roni's friend might have been luckier than they thought.


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