It was intended to be another beautiful day at the beach but beachgoers quickly found out it was quite the opposite.
Bluebottles have invaded the coast. Locals are calling this summer the worst in their memory for the stingers. This is a usual time of year for bluebottles to travel through these waters but never in such astronomical numbers. When there are more northerly winds than southerly the numbers typically increase anyways.
Surf Lifesaving Queensland reported nine thousand stings were recorded on the Sunshine Coast from December twentieth until January tenth. This large number is nine times the count from last year at eleven-hundred. This would explain the forty stings that happened in one day today on Noosa beach.
If you are planning on going to the beach soon I recommend you checking the weather and seeing if the winds that are blowing are northerly or southerly. Be prepared to have your eyes peeled for bluebottles and jelly fish as you know they are in large numbers. Caloundra Beach has been gaining popularity since the bluebottles have overcome Noosa. That might be a good option if you’re planning for a trip out to enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Make sure you bring a lot of water to stay hydrated with the next heatwave on the way!