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The Whitsundays are definately one the most beautiful places to come and holiday. However it is important that you make yourself aware of the few dangers that do exist here.
Sunburn
Sun burn is the biggest problem when enjoying the beautiful weather around the Whitsunday Islands.
The climate around the Whitsunday's is tropical and it can be very deceptive when sailing around the islands as the wind will cool you down which makes the strength of the sun appear a lot cooler than actually is. 
Depending on your skin type you can burn within minutes.  Always protect yourself with  SPF 30+ applying it liberally all over your body.  Cover up with a sun protective hat and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Coral Cuts
Avoid walking on Coral or Oyster Shells they can be extrememly sharp and easily cause nasty cuts. Tropical sea water also have organisms that can start infections very quickly in the tropics.  Always clean cuts after swimming in the sea using an antiseptic lotion.  If you cut yourself on coral or rock in the sea clean the abrasion immediately  and use antiseptic lotion like Betadine to stop it becoming infected. Coral cuts can easily become painful and even cause blood poisioning.

Fish that Bite or sting
Of the 1500 species of Fish that live on the reef less than 1% will actually bite or do you some harm.
It is highly unlikely to get bitten by a fish unless you really provoke it.
If bitten or stung by a fish seek medical attention straight way.  Staff will need to ascertain what type it was  before assisting in first aid.
When passengers are walking in water without footwear advise them to shuffle there feet so they don't stand on anything sharp or a fish.

 

 

 

Turtles
Local turtles will accompany divers and snorkelors, it can be easy to get up close to these magnificent creatures. But please rember do not try and hang on to or pat a turtle. Their hugely powerful jaws could easily remove a fingure.
Stonefish
The stonefish is the most venomous fish in the world. Although reports of stings around the Whitsunday Islands are extremely uncommon they can be found on the reef bottom, camouflaged as a rock.  Its dorsal area is lined with 13 spines that release a venomous toxin. It stung by one of these fish medical attention must be sort after straight away.
If stung it is agonizingly painful.It is accompanied with acute swelling, spreading up the limb from the wound, which may persist for many weeks. No deaths have been reported in Australia.
Scorpion fish
– Butterfly cod are found around coral reefs. They sometimes approach divers  pointing there dorsal spines in front of them as they get near. These spines have glands which produce venom. It produces a severly distressing sting, which usually subsides within a couple of hours. Local effects are usually the most significant. Vomiting and fever are sometimes reported.
First aid immerse the wound in hot water ( but not scalding water) as hot as they can take it
Box Jelly fish
The box jellyfish is a potential hazard to swimmers along the queensland coast. They have a box like shape. They are agile swimmers and can maintain a pace of three to four knots. The extended threads of the jellyfish are 0.2 millimeters long and long enough to penetrate the skin of a normal adult( except on the palms of the hands and where the skin is thicker). The sting is extremely toxic that effects the skin, blood and heart muscle.Aways were a stinger suit when Swimming in Stinger season in all waters of the great Barrier Reef.
IrunkjandJi Jellyfish
Irukjandji are not considered deadly, however their have been known fatalities that have occurred as a result of being stung. In most cases the fatality was caused by a complication that came from a pre-existing condition such as high blood preasure. Little is known about the biology of any of the jellyfish that cause ‘irukandji syndrome’. Carukia barnesi is a small, transparent jellyfish which is about 25 mm across the body or ‘bell’ with a single tentacle from each corner of its box-shaped body.

sunburn
Sunburn Whitsunday Style
coral cuts
Coral Cuts
coral cuts
Reef Fish
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Maorri Wrasse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turtles
Beware of turtles powerful jaws
stonefish
Stone Fish
scorpion fish
Lionfish
jellyfish
Not harmful Jellyfish no tentacles
box jelly
Box jellyfish