Blue Bottle Jellyfish Could Close Down Sunshine And Gold Coast Beaches

This is not what I want to see two weeks before going to Australia. Is there an animal in Oz that isn’t deadly?

Blue Bottle Jellyfish

An Australian lifeguard holds a Blue Bottle Jellyfish.

As reported on www.news.com.au

AN invasion of bluebottles along the Sunshine and Gold coasts could force beaches to be closed for weeks until the stingers disappear.

Surf Life Saving Queensland spokesman Byron Mills said the bluebottle plague was the worst he’d seen.

“They are out of control – it’s the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. There would be close to millions of them,” he said.

“I’ve been a lifesaver for 32 years and I have never seen them that bad anywhere in Australia and I reckon they’re going to hang around for the next couple of weeks, but probably not in the quantity that we have seen.”

Mr Mills said strong winds had helped deliver the bluebottles to Sunshine Coast beaches, including Peregian, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Kawana, Currimundi and Caloundra, forcing them to close for several days.

“Normally we only see bluebottles in the north-facing beaches like Noosa and Mooloolaba, but (those) beaches didn’t have as many this time because the easterly winds were blowing them onto the beaches that face east,” he said.

Hundreds of bluebottle stings have been reported at the Sunshine Coast’s 29 beaches in the past week.

Gold Coast lifesaving co-ordinator Stuart Hogben said the plague had also affected beachgoers further south, with some beaches forced to close during the week.

“Some of the beaches here have been quite bad with bluebottles and at one point the lifesavers at Surfers Paradise were at the stage of almost saying, ‘we are going to have to close our beach because almost anyone going into the water is getting stung’,” he said.