“Deadly Irukandji Jellyfish are drifting further south along Queensland’s coastline, however tourism chiefs aren’t worried about the risk to the state’s famous beaches.
“Toxicologist professor Jamie Seymour has “little doubt” Irukandji will keep moving down to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts after a stinger was found at Fraser Island on Sunday.
“A boy was already stung on Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast 12 months ago.
“”It would shut beaches. It would collapse tourism,” the director of the Tropical Australian Venom Research Unit at James Cook University told AAP on Wednesday.
“Mr Seymour cited warmer sea temperatures as the reason Irukandji could become a regular occurrence at Mooloolaba, and even as far south as Coolangatta on the Gold Coast.”
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