Bluebottles turn visitor off swim
ROCKHAMPTON visitor Jeff Robertson headed off for an early-morning swim at Oaks Beach, Burnett Heads yesterday but changed his mind when he found the sand covered in bluebottles.
“I was walking down to the beach and then I said ‘no way’ when I saw all these little bluebottles on the shore,” Mr Robertson said.
“There were clusters of them with probably 20 to 30 all tangled up.”
Mr Robertson said he thought the stingers had been cast ashore by the tide early yesterday morning, because he was at the beach on Sunday and there were none then.
He said he did not know what kind of bluebottles they were, but they were small.
Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden said yesterday it was not unusual for bluebottles to be blown on to the beach.
“I was down at Nielson Park this morning and I saw a lot there too,” he said.
“There was a northerly wind blowing and that’s favourable conditions for them to get blown onshore, and there are a lot of them around at the moment too.”
Mr Holden said the best advice was to avoid bluebottles on the beach.
“It’s a common misconception for people to see them on the beach and think they’re dead, but they can live for hours on the beach and they can give you a nasty sting,” he said.