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Jimble jellyfish invasion / Australia / Australia

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Posted: 04 Dec 2012 08:24 PM PST

EDIS Number: BH-20121205-37397-AUS Date / time: 05/12/2012 04:22:46 [UTC] Event: Biological Hazard Name of Hazard: Jimble jellyfish invasion Area: Australia Country: Australia State/County: State of New South Wales

Description: Rare blooms of beautiful but dangerous pink stingers have invaded Balmoral Beach over the past five months, making life tough for ocean swimmers. Jimbles, box-shaped jellyfish with long tentacles, can give a painful but non-deadly sting, resulting in welts that itch for days. Balmoral swimmer Dave Sanney has given up going in the water since the swarm hit in mid-June, after he was stung several times. "The most frequent spot to be stung was close to shore and down near the pipe at the Raglan St end of the beach," he said. "The sting is like an electric shock but the itchiness is worse - each time symptoms got more severe." Jimbles were also spotted in North Harbour, Manly throughout winter but disappeared in the last three weeks. Mosman resident Mr Sanney, who has swam at Balmoral for nine years, said jimbles usually floated into Middle Harbour once a year during the warmer months but no one could explain why they appeared so early and in such high numbers this year. Griffith University jellyfish expect Dr Kylie Pitt said marine scientists knew virtually nothing about jimble ecology but this year had been abundant for all types of jellyfish. "We've had reports of huge blooms of jellyfish on Australia's east and west coasts this year," she said. "Whatever's promoting that is also promoting high numbers of Jimbles in Sydney waters."

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