Whopper jellyfish wash-up on Coast beaches
FORGET sea monsters. Monster jellyfish said to be as big as not just one but two dinner plates have washed up between Mudjimba and Twin Waters this week.
A morning jogger spotted about a dozen of the whoppers on Wednesday morning and there was still at least one at about 50cm in diameter left yesterday afternoon.
"I have no idea whether to be frightened of these jellyfish, but as a Kiwi, they did make me think twice about getting into the water," he said.
Queensland Museum expert Merrick Ekins said it was possible the jellyfish were Crambione cookii, otherwise known as corrugated jellyfish.
"They do occur once in a while. They are oceanic and due to conditions, they can be washed up in certain weather," he said.
Mr Ekins, the collection manager of sessile marine invertebrates, said it was possible for jellyfish to survive for a short time if they were washed ashore but they would most likely die before they were reclaimed by the next high tide.
He said they were among a number of jellyfish found in local waters including the big snotty, the blue blubber, the Moreton Bay box jellyfish, and the mauve stinger.
All are listed as packing a painful although not usually deadly sting, but Mr Ekins said it was always wise not to play it safe and not touch a jellyfish.
The jellyfish may have been pushed ashore but northerlies which have blown on to shore for most of the week.
Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Aaron Purchase said nothing unusual had been reported although what was unusual to members of the public might not be unusual to lifesavers.
He said there had been a couple of blue bottle stings at Twin Waters during the past week or so.
During northerlies, Kings Beach at Caloundra offers the best protection from stingers.