Bluebottles on the Northern Beaches

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thermalben started the topic in Monday, 1 Feb 2010 at 11:37am

Lots of the little buggers in the surf zone on Sunday. Went for a swim around lunchtime and managed to escape the onslaught that hit mid afternoon. Anyone get worked?

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Craig commented Monday, 1 Feb 2010 at 12:18pm

I was amazed that you even made it out of bed after Saturday night...

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thermalben commented Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 at 2:39am

Still plenty around this morning. Looks like it'll continue all week with these persistent E/NE winds through the Tasman.

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wayneoz commented Friday, 5 Feb 2010 at 7:41am

Surfed Airlie Beach (Whitsundays), Qld on Sunday. The first time I have seen waves in 4 years. We didn't have any bluebottles though. Just heaps of Iracongi and Box jellyfish. Oh, and big crocs:-0 Most people had steamers on, with 30 degree water temp. But surfing 1/2 to 1 ft onshore mush once every 4 yrs with killer creatures is so worth it!

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supershaneae86 commented Friday, 5 Feb 2010 at 9:04am

what is weird is that wer are getting them in Adelaide down at victor..now thats strange!!

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acecactus commented Friday, 5 Feb 2010 at 4:01pm

and on the southern beaches!

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coops commented Saturday, 6 Feb 2010 at 1:24am

Been pretty lucky. Seen heaps on the sand but haven't been stung..... yet.

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st3phi3 commented Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 at 5:05am

must say seen alot but havnt got stung, which is a change for me:P

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patty commented Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 at 7:22am

You've gotta harden the fuck up!

Let them sting you is what you've gotta do. Go and swim with them and let them sting you all over - under your pits, in your groin, up your coit. That's the way you build up a resistance to the little blighters.

I could eat one now and it wouldn't bother me.

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spongebob commented Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 at 11:22am

You've gotta harden the fuck up! I eat them with milk and crushed Iced Vo vo's, does it for me!

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Peter Pedestrian commented Tuesday, 26 Dec 2017 at 6:07pm

Last year at Christmas there were plenty. This year not so...

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Craig commented Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 at 6:16am

I feel it depends on how deep the north-east to east-northeast winds delve into the Coral Sea and tropical waters north and north-east of us.

Our north-east winds have been mainly localised, with no sustained trade-flow from further afield to bring them in.

I have seen a few Nuidbranchs in the surf lately though.

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Distracted commented Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 at 6:36am

Craig, that is the Blue Glaucus which eats blue bottles and is therefore also generally pelagic. Apparently they can also sting but I’ve never noticed.

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Craig commented Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 at 8:10am

Yeah we did an article about it 4 years ago :) .. Beware the Blue Dragon

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Distracted commented Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 at 8:47pm

Wayyy ahead of me! Will have to rename Swellnet as Wikinet