Blue Bottle stingers have overwhelmed North Coast beaches.
Blue Bottle stingers have overwhelmed North Coast beaches. Contributed

Ouch: bluebottle stings 'worst' ever

LIFEGUARDS have warned beachgoers to watch out for stingers as a large number of bluebottle jelly fish overwhelm the Northern NSW coastline this weekend.

Surf Life Saving NSW Far North Coast Duty lifeguard Jimmy Keough said warm weather and strong onshore winds have blown the jelly fish en masse onto east coast shorelines.

Saturday, Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguards set up a tent specially for the increase in the number of people being treated for painful bluebottle stings.

"People that have been stung are reporting the pain seems to be very potent - with a punch behind it,” Mr Keough said.

"People who have been stung before say this is the worse experience they've had in a long time.

"If people are attending the beach please pay close attention to the instructions been given by the lifeguards and feel free to ask lifeguards about the water conditions.”

A change in wind conditions are expected to push bluebottle back out to sea by Monday, but beachgoers can still expect to find the stingers washed up at the high tide mark.

Mr Keough said the first aid currently subscribed for a sting include removing the stingray barn, applying ice, and if that doesn't reduce the pain, running hot water over the affected area.

"Some people do get relief from the cold and some people also get more release from hot water,” Mr Keough said.

"Vinegar was also once used, but is now only used for box jelly fish stings.”



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