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8 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘Invasion’ of jellyfish stings thousands in Australia

AFP, Sydney

Highly venomous jellyfish have stung more than three thousand people on Australia's northeastern shores in just a few days, authorities said yesterday, forcing the closure of several beaches.

The massive influx of Portuguese man o' war jellyfish, whose stings are notoriously painful, has been described as an "invasion" by local media in the state of Queensland.

Coastguard association Surf Life Saving said a "whopping" 3,595 people had suffered painful burns after encounters with the creatures, also known as bluebottles for their transparent bluish appearance.

At least four major beaches remained closed as the organisation warned that even more jellyfish were on their way.

"A wall of bluebottles is approaching #Rainbow beach.

Lifesavers are closing the beach. Please stay out of the water," read one of several warnings from Surf Life Saving.

 

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