Beachgoers are issued urgent warning after HUNDREDS of bluebottles descend on popular NSW swimming spots – making it almost impossible to take a dip
- Hundreds of bluebottles washed up at multiple beaches on the NSW coastline
- Beachgoers were issued urgent warnings after blankets of jellyfish appeared
- Strong winds originating from the north coast washed up poisonous bluebottles
Beachgoers have been issued an urgent warning after thousands of poisonous bluebottles were washed up in strong winds across the New South Wales coastline.
The bluebottles were found on a series of Sydney beaches, including Maroubra and Bronte in the city’s eastern suburbs and Warriewood and Palm Beach on the northern beaches on Thursday and Friday afternoon.
Surf Life Saving NSW said fierce north-easterly winds were to blame for the poisonous intruders.
Bluebottles have washed up on multiple beaches across New South Wales. One beaching is pictured
The blue bottles have created a ‘blanket’ on beaches across Sydney after rough windy conditions (pictured)
‘Normally, bluebottles come in with a nor’easter and that started blowing overnight,’ a Surf Life Saving NSW spokesman told NCA NewsWire.
A strong north-easterly wind blowing from Coffs Harbour on the state’s north coast, all the way down to Merimbula on the south coast, helped blanket beaches with the unwelcome stinger.
‘It is blowing at 20 knots and that is a very strong wind. Bluebottles are turning up on our beaches already,’ the spokesman said.
Beachgoers have been told to be careful across the state when entering the water – and urged to re-think their plans for a swim at the beach.
UNSW Marine ecology and ecotoxicology professor Emma Johnston shared a video online of a blanket of bluebottles washing onto Maroubra beach.
Beachgoers have been reminded to exercise caution this weekend when spotting bluebottles
The poisonous jelly fish have been spotted across multiple beaches in New South Wales on Thursday and Friday
‘I might skip the dip!’ she wrote.
Other beachgoers were quick to comment on the unexpected army of jellyfish.
‘If the waves don’t get you, the bluebottles will’, one said.
‘The bluebottles were pouring in by the hundreds,’ another added.
Bilgola beach in northern Sydney temporarily closed due to the appearance of bluebottles
Bluebottles are a marine stinger with a clear, blue-tinged sail.
The poisonous tentacle is covered in stinging cells called nematocysts.
When they come into contact with human skin the cells react by injecting a small amount of a toxin that can cause intense pain.