Bluebottles line Coff's beaches

Beachgoers are warned to steer clear of bluebottles on the Coffs Coast.
Beachgoers are warned to steer clear of bluebottles on the Coffs Coast. Bruce Thomas

BLUEBOTTLES are lining Coffs Coast beaches in plague proportions.

Swarms of the nasty little blow-ins, at the mercy of the wind, have washed up on local beaches.

Surf life saving authorities have warned asthmatics and people with allergies to stay out of the water where the ‘Portuguese Man o Wars’ line the sand.

Coffs Harbour Lifeguard Greg Hackfath said strong onshore winds and incoming tides had caused the warm water creatures to storm our beaches.

“They are everywhere. I have seen some of the largest bluebottles in my life around Coffs this week,” Mr Hackfath said.

Some of the stingers have had tentacles four to five metres long.

“For anyone who is stung, the best relief is hot water, just hot enough so it doesn’t scald. Vinegar is now a thing of the past, it can increase pain and shouldn’t be used.”

Mr Hackfath said the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association will trial a new organic product on stings and welts this summer.

“It’s known as X-Sting-Wish, produced by the company Kymeze, and is made from organic ingredients including Fijian coconut milk and sea salt.”

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