Bluebottles on Tassie beaches

Tuesday 11 January 2022
Beaches across the state have recently seen an influx in bluebottles at many locations. Beachgoers are encouraged to make themselves familiar with the identification and treatment for bluebottles.
Bluebottles are an air-filled sac up to 8cm in length, usually with a single, long, blue main fishing tentacle hanging underneath. This may contract to a few centimetres or extend to cover over 10 metres in length. Some may have numerous main fishing tentacles and can cause painful stinging.
1. Do not allow rubbing of the sting area.
2. Adherent blue tentacles may be seen after a sting and are distinctive for Physalia. Remove any adhering tentacles.
3. Rinse the area well with sea water (not freshwater).
4. Place the sting area in hot water - no hotter than the patient can comfortably tolerate for 20 minutes.
5. If the pain is unrelieved by heat, or if hot water is not available, apply cold packs or ice in a dry plastic bag.
6. Send for medical aid if symptoms persist.
For further information and advice please ask a lifesaver/lifeguard or visit,
Bluebottles on Tassie beaches