Lifeguard and volunteer liesavers have begun their patrols for the summer holidays. Travelling Lifeguard Tarryn Hayden will be watching over our beaches as the season gets under way.
Lifeguard and volunteer liesavers have begun their patrols for the summer holidays. Travelling Lifeguard Tarryn Hayden will be watching over our beaches as the season gets under way. Valerie Horton

Christmas full moon brings tidal currents

SURF LIFESAVERS are reminding those taking advantage of the perfect beach weather to swim between the flags as the full moon brings in strong currents.

Surf Lifesaving Queensland regional manager for the area Craig Holden said between six and eight lifesavers will be on duty in Hervey Bay every day for the next week, keeping an eye out for struggling swimmers.

He said Christmas' full moon had brought with it a lot of tidal movement.

"This can cause strong currents," Mr Holden said.

"Especially around river and creek mouths so maybe avoid those areas, particularly in the out-going stage of the tide."

"We want people to swim at patrolled beaches, during patrolled times, between the flags," he said.

"Parents should also be vigilant and should also be aware of stingers."

He said while Hervey Bay itself had been stinger-free, that could change overnight.

"So just a word of warning, there have been four recent stings near Fraser Island," he said.

When asked if the amount of morbakka jelly fish (believed to be responsible for the Fraser Island stings) was increasing, Mr Holden said it was very hard to say.

"Obviously they're about in the region but in Hervey Bay itself we haven't had any reports."

He said compared to previous years the amount of stingers has been "pretty good".

"Blue bottles have been pretty quiet this year, when you get the northerly blowing you're more likely to see a few about but nothing out of the ordinary," he said,

"Even the blubber jelly, which we have seen in plagued preportions before, we've only the odd one so far this summer."



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