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Stinger nets removed from North Queensland beaches

All stinger nets have been removed from North Queensland beaches, signalling the end of the stinger season, according to Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

While the removal of the nets typically signifies the end of the high-risk stinger season, SLSQ North Queensland manager Col Sparkes urged all beachgoers to continue to remain particularly vigilant over the coming months.

“It’s important to remember that potentially dangerous marine stingers can be found in northern waters all-year-round and it’s vital that all swimmers continue to take precautions to protect themselves.

“The removal of the nets does not guarantee the complete absence of marine stingers.

“We strongly encourage all beachgoers to only swim at patrolled locations, between the red and yellow flags, as that’s where they’ll be able to seek help and advice from surf lifesavers and lifeguards.

“We also recommend they continue to wear protective stinger suits, which not only minimises the risk of a nasty sting but also gives people better sun protection,” he said.

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