Stinger Safety

Marine Stinger Safety

The occurrence of Irukandji and Box jellyfish stings in Broome are rare, and preventable.

  1. Wear protective clothing, especially during the stinger season (November - May).  A full length lycra suit or wetsuit reduces the risk of stings by 75% and is great sun protection too. When   launching boats, ensure all areas exposed to the water are covered.
  2. Do not swim during beach closures
  3. Look for, and follow all beach warning signs
  4. If unsure, speak to Lifeguards or Beach Inspectors; they have a good knowledge of what is in the water, and recent sting history.
  5. Carry vinegar. When you go swimming, boating, fishing or cast netting; vinegar is provided at some beaches.

The following websites provide further information on stingers:

Queensland Government Marine Stinger Website
Maintained by Surf Lifesaving Queensland and Queensland Government

James Cook University's Stinger Site
James Cook University is Australia's leading tropical research university and they offer a microsite about Marine Stingers.

**The Shire of Broome would like to acknowledge the work of Lisa-ann Gershwin (Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Service), who has been extremely helpful in providing the Shire with up to date information and photos of stingers used in this website.

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