Bluebottles descend on NSW beaches due to strong north-easterly winds

Beachgoers are urged to use warning as wind circumstances give rise to bluebottles, with a number of Sydney beaches already invaded.

Strong north-easterly winds got here in on Thursday evening and have continued on Friday, blowing from Coffs Harbour on the state’s north coast down to Merimbula on the far south coast.

1000’s of bluebottles have already washed up on beaches in Sydney, together with Maroubra and Bronte within the japanese suburbs in addition to Warriewood and Palm Seaside on the northern aspect of town.

Bluebottles washed up along Palm Beach on Friday.
Digicam IconBluebottles washed up alongside Palm Seaside on Friday. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper

A Surf Life Saving NSW spokesperson mentioned this was a direct results of the wind circumstances.

“Usually, bluebottles are available in with a nor’easter and that began blowing in a single day,” the spokesperson informed NCA NewsWire.

“It’s blowing at 20 knots and that could be a very strong wind. Bluebottles are turning up on our beaches already.

Caution is urged via a sign at Warriewood Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Digicam IconWarning is urged by way of an indication at Warriewood Seaside on Sydney’s northern beaches. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper

“I’d be very shocked in the event that they weren’t turning up on a number of beaches all through NSW with this nor’easter blowing from Coffs all the way in which down to far south coast down to locations like Bega (and close by beaches together with Merimbula and Tura Seaside).”

Emma Johnston, a professor of marine ecology and ecotoxicology at UNSW, shared a video to social media of a wave of bluebottles at Maroubra seashore.

Professor Johnston additionally mentioned winds have been the rationale.

“The season and the winds have been proper for the blueys to blow in,” she wrote on Twitter.

Surf Life Saving NSW urged beachgoers to train warning this weekend with regards to marine stingers and to obtain the Beachsafe app. It offers info on seashore security together with bluebottle stings.

A bluebottle washes up along Palm Beach.
Digicam IconA bluebottle washes up alongside Palm Seaside. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper

Bluebottles are a non-tropical marine stinger whose blue, balloon-like sail sits above the water and is connected to an extended tentacle extending beneath.

The tentacle is roofed in stinging cells known as nematocysts. After they contact human pores and skin it reacts by injecting a small quantity of a toxin that causes irritation and will be painful.

“Please, heed the recommendation of lifesavers and lifeguards and use the Beachsafe app and web site for seashore security info,” the spokesperson added.

Bluebottle stings are painful.
Digicam IconBluebottle stings are painful. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Jeremy Piper