Snorkel parents may have been killed by Irukandji jellyfish

Parents who mysteriously died simultaneously, Snorkelling in Australia, leaving orphans on the beach may have been killed Irukandji jellyfish is one of the most venomous creature.

Irukandji jellyfish

The pair were seen children floating face down in the water with a beach in Western Australia last week.

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  1. avatar johnoz Says:
    June 4, 2013

    This is nothing but media scare mongering, the fact that the coroner hadn't even examined the bodies makes this article pure rubbish.

    Since records began here in Australia, there have been approx 1700 irukandji envenonations with only two deaths. Both deaths happened around 4 hours post sting, due to bleeding in the brain caused by severely high blood pressure.

    Irukandji Syndrome is a painful experience where you may wish you were dead, but in most cases, pain subsides within 12-24 hours. Unfortunately a small percentage go on to have heart problems and associated problems, but these symptoms are not common and happen some 12 hours post sting.

    This couple, were snorkeling in "choppy" conditions and breath holding while diving, this in itself is dangerous and has caused more deaths than irukandji syndrome.

  2. avatar Dora Explorer Says:
    June 4, 2013

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  3. avatar wolfe Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Dozens of people are stung every year but fatalities are extremely rare!

    Yet we are to assume that two people swimming were stung simultaneously and both died almost instantaneously without calling for help!

    Scaremongering rubbish.

  4. avatar Christopher Stewart Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Just for a bit of clarity in my opinion ...Out where they were it is possible there is no-on else around for miles and miles and miles.

  5. avatar Rocky Mountain Says:
    June 4, 2013

    However, the article states that 'beachgoers' were summoned to to try and rescue them.  Obviously, we don't know how many but there were others there.  A quick look on Google maps satellite view does appear to confirm the emptiness of the area.

  6. avatar tropicalpom Says:
    June 4, 2013

    My thoughts exactly, if they were old or had heart conditions maybe 1 of them but my understanding of these things is when stung by one you are anything but quiet, me thinks there would have been an awful lot screaming - more likely caught in a rip and one went to help the other.

  7. avatar Kallias Says:
    June 4, 2013

    The creature is only the size of a coin. Apparently it doesn't hurt for a few minutes, you barely notice anything and then the pain kicks in and quickly becomes overpowering causing you to drown or have a heart attack either from the shock of the pain or due to the poison itself.

  8. avatar Rare English Rose Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Wow, what a dreadful way to go. Went to the Whitsunday islands in Aus years ago and it was truly beautiful but the sea was full of jellyfish. Despite a stinger suit and much hassle from our Aussie boat captain I only swam once. Having read what you said I am soooo glad about that now!

  9. avatar cbassthefish Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Blue-ringed octopus or Conus perhaps? Even so, statistically I would not have thought it would be probable i.e. happening at the same time. I agree, probably the tide and one swimming to help the other. Been there and nearly died myself.

  10. avatar Rocky Mountain Says:
    June 4, 2013

    Unless one person signaled their partner for help and coming into close proximity provided an additional victim of whatever it was.

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