A box jellyfish caught in the drags at Eimeo Beach on Sunday.
A box jellyfish caught in the drags at Eimeo Beach on Sunday. Eimeo SLSC

Deadly box jellyfish caught in drags across Mackay

DEADLY box jellyfish, and a stray bluebottle, have been caught in drags across Mackay, making a dip in the ocean a risky proposition, despite soaring heatwave temperatures.

Surf Life Saving Queensland has warned box jellyfish were caught in drags at Eimeo Beach and Sarina Beach on Sunday.

Eimeo Surf Life Saving Club lifesaver (and Mackay Regional councillor) Ross Gee shared a photo of a large box jellyfish caught at Eimeo.

But box jellyfish weren't the only stingers caught along our shores.


A bluebottle found at Bucasia Beach.
A bluebottle found at Bucasia Beach. Eimeo SLSC

The surf life saving club also shared a photo of a bluebottle found on Bucasia Beach recently.

There was no reports of stingers at Lamberts Beach and Harbour Beach on Sunday, but caution is advised.

It's expected drags will again be undertaken at Mackay region beaches on Monday morning.

Found in shallow tropical waters and often snagged in the Mackay region, box jellyfish are regarded as the world's most venomous animal.

The jellyfish are capable of killing an adult in two to three minutes, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland.

They're large jellyfish, with a box-shaped bell up to 38cm in diameter, with up to 17 trailing tentacles.

A sting causes severe burning pain and whip-like marks, with some causing the person stung to stop breathing and suffer cardiac arrest.

How to help if someone has been stung

  • If safe, immediately remove a stung patient from the water and follow the DRSABCD of first aid.
  • Dial 000 and get help from the nearest surf lifesaver or lifeguard, if available.
  • Assess the sting victim and start CPR if needed.
  • Treat the sting with vinegar for at least 30 seconds, which will kill stinging cells.
  • Follow up with a cold or ice pack for pain relief.
  • The victim must be taken to hospital as soon as possible. Anti-venom for box jellyfish is available at hospitals and ambulance stations in tropical coastal areas.