Box jellyfish found on Melbourne beach

Posted May 02, 2019 08:30:46The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMPSA) has confirmed a box jellyfish washed up on the Sydney Harbour in the last week has been found on a beach in the city.

Key points:The box jellyfishes was identified as an invasion of the blue marbled jellyfish species from the Northern TerritoryThis is the first time the jellyfish has been identified in the area since it was first reported in 2015The box, which was first spotted by fisherman John Seddon, is a male and it is believed to be about 40 centimetres in length.

It has been washed up along the beaches of Swanston Street and Dickson Street, in the Sydney CBD.

“It’s a blue marbles jellyfish and we have been in contact with the NSW Government and they’ve been working with us to make sure we have a plan in place for how we deal with it,” AMA spokesman David Smith said.

“Unfortunately this is the very first time we’ve seen this species on Sydney Harbour, so there’s a lot of work to be done to make it as difficult as possible for this jellyfish to be a problem for us.”

The jellyfish is believed not to have crossed the Tasman, however Mr Smith said it was likely to have been introduced from the northern territory, which is believed as a major food source for the jellyfishing.

Mr Smith said the jelly fish was found by the fishing boats of John Suddons son and a resident of the area.

“There’s no evidence of any activity on the water at this time,” he said.

The AMSA said they were not sure if the box jelly was a direct invasion of any species or if it was a new species introduced to the area from the Tasman.

“We’ll be able to look into it at some point, but we have no indication at this stage that it’s any of the other species that have been identified on Sydney beaches in the past,” Mr Smith added.

“The AMAS has not identified any other species of jellyfish in the region.”

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