Safety and Precautions
The calm waters of Geographe Bay are home to a jellyfish with a nasty sting—colloquially named "stingers." They are not deadly but they are painful, and a sting occasionally requires hospitalization. They are hard to spot—the main body of the stinger is translucent and only about 2 inches across, and they trail hard-to-see black tentacles that are the cause for concern. They like warmer, very calm water, so still days in summer are when you are most likely to encounter them as they drift close to shore. Rubbing a sting is not recommended; try bathing in vinegar.
Mosquitoes carrying Ross River virus are more prevalent in summer, and especially along the South West coast and in swamplands. Ross River virus is not life-threatening, but can leave victims with weeks of fatigue, aching limbs, and painful joints. The only solution is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes—cover up and use a repellent, especially around dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
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