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Posted by - on November 10, 2004 at 11:57:17:

Scientists believe that a new species of tiny jellyfish which cause 'irukandji'
symptoms are attacking divers off North Queensland. Up to 12 divers per year
are being treated for the severe reaction to 'irukandji' stings - extreme pain,
anxiousness and a feeling of doom, and wildly fluctuating blood pressure which can lead to
respiratory arrest.

The attacks happened despite divers wearing full wetsuits for protection, leading
to suspicions that a new, tiny species of jellyfish is to blame.

Most of the injured divers were involved in gathering pearls, and the Perth-based
Pearl Producers Association has been lobbying government to fund scientific research into the

Aside from the divers, another 30 people, mostly swimmers, are treated for 'irukandji' jellyfish symptoms in
North Queensland every year. Attacks occur mainly in the summer months.

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