Authorities in Queensland, Australia were forced to close the beaches across the region over the weekend, amid what was called as ‘jellyfish epidemic’ has spread. More than 13,000 stings were recorded in Queensland in last week alone and more than 2500 people were receiving treatment over the weekend.
It is said that most of these stings are non-life threatening and were caused by the so called bluebottle colonies. Research also says that the number of more serious injuries from less common jellyfish is also at above average levels. Some researchers also say that jellyfish stings may be caused due to climate change.
While researchers are still finding out the causes for bloom in jellyfishes off coast Australia, they are certain that it is due to strong and unusual heat winds pushing toward Queensland. The rise in jellyfishes is not coincidental, but indicates what is wrong with the ocean, says some scientists.
It is true that jellyfishes are induced by climate change. However, human induced problems like pollution and overfishing cannot be neglected. Irukandji variety of jellyfishes causes a long hours of body pain, potential strokes and the number of deaths caused by the same are relatively less. By 2017, there had only been two fatalities, according to the Department of health. Far more dangerous are the Box Jellyfish, which have caused 70 fatalities in Australia.