Watch out for Blue Bottles

No. It’s not a request for recycling when you are walking on the beach. Blue Bottle jellyfish or Pacific Man-of-War. Not a true jellyfish it is a collection of organisms that work together and are more common in warmer waters but are frequenting the Great Ocean Road beaches more often. They can cause a sting and should be avoided both in the water and on the sand. Even dead ones.
The good news is according to Australian Museum “ Most beachgoers in Australia swim at non-tropical beaches, and so are most likely to come across the more harmless, non-tropical stinger varieties such as the common Bluebottle.For the average person, getting stung by one will present no harmful danger, however, for the very young, elderly, people allergic to them or in extreme cases, they can present further complications.”
If you do get stung the Australian Museum recommends “Find a place to rest with someone who can watch over you.
Don’t rub the stung area.
Wash off any remaining tentacles with saltwater. Rinsing the stung area well with seawater will remove any invisible stinging cells.
Immerse the stung area in hot water at a temperature you can comfortably tolerate. Studies have shown that 40 degrees Celsius will produce relief after 10 minutes. The heat is important as it kills the protein in the venom.
If the symptoms persist or for stings that cover a particularly large area, or across the throat & face call triple zero (in Australia).

    Australian Museum

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