Dangerous jellyfish blooms are predictable

Gershwin, Lisa-Ann, Condie, Scott A., Mansbridge, Jim V. and Richardson, Anthony J. (2014) Dangerous jellyfish blooms are predictable. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11 96: . doi:10.1098/rsif.2013.1168

Author Gershwin, Lisa-Ann
Condie, Scott A.
Mansbridge, Jim V.
Richardson, Anthony J.
Title Dangerous jellyfish blooms are predictable
Journal name Journal of the Royal Society Interface   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-5662
Publication date 2014-07-06
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rsif.2013.1168
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 96
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The potentially fatal Irukandji syndrome is relatively common in tropical waters throughout the world. It is caused by the sting of the Irukandji jellyfish, a family of box jellyfish that are almost impossible to detect in the water owing to their small size and transparency. Using collated medical records of stings and local weather conditions, we show that the presence of Irukandji blooms in coastal waters can be forecast on the basis of wind conditions. On the Great Barrier Reef, blooms largely coincide with relaxation of the prevailing southeasterly trade winds, with average conditions corresponding to near zero alongshore wind on the day prior to the sting. These conditions are consistent with hypotheses long held by local communities and provide a basis for designing management interventions that have the potential to eliminate the majority of stings.
Keyword Irukandji jellyfish
Sting prevention
Biohazard management
Great Barrier Reef
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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