Over 3,500 Get Stung by Jellyfish at Beaches in Australia on the Weekend

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Over this weekend, many people were stung by a wall of Bluebottle Jellyfish in the ocean. No one died, but the whole area was covered with jellyfish. Although people were aware of these jellyfish, for some odd reason there was way more jellyfish than normal.

 

These jellyfish are usually located in more remote areas of the ocean, but for some reason, these jellyfish decided to go spend time near the beach. Some people say this was caused by the northeast winds. All of the people that were stung had to get either ice or hot water to treat their sting. “We haven’t seen that amount of stings over the weekend in a very long period of time,” said Calan Lovitt, Queensland’s lifeguard coordinator. 22,787 stings have been recorded since the start of the Australian summer which starts on December 1st. Last year only 6,831 stings were recorded.

 

It is very unusual to have these winds and scientists are wondering why this unusual event took place. Some scientists believe climate change has to do with why the Bluebottle Jellyfish may have migrated here. The swimmers were not the only ones in danger. The spectators along the shore were in danger on stepping on one of these jellyfish that were washed up. Very little research has been done on the Bluebottle Jellyfish so no one can really say that they know the exact reason why these jellyfish are migrating here until scientists find out more about these jellyfish.

 

Some features about the Bluebottle Jellyfish, also known as the Portuguese Man’o War, are that they have a clear blue body that you can see through. “The Bluebottle or Pacific Man-of-War is not a single animal but a colony of four kinds of highly modified individuals (zooids). The zooids are dependent on one another for survival.” They float not on their weight, but the air inside their body. Unlike any other jellyfish, the bluebottle jellyfish is not only one animal but composed of four. Each animal has their own part to help the other out. These animals don’t have names but altogether they make the Bluebottle Jellyfish. These jellyfish are usually found on the Eastern Coast of Australia. This is why the Bluebottle Jellyfish may have been coming to shore because of the Northeast winds.

 

These jellyfish are invading these parts for reasons no one knows. Scientists have not done much research on this mysterious jellyfish, but hopefully, in the future, we will know more about these fascinating Bluebottle Jellyfish.

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