Strong winds, big swell and bluebottles

Large bluebottles washed ashore on Hastings beaches over the weekend. Photo: Linda Briede

Large bluebottles washed ashore on Hastings beaches over the weekend. Photo: Linda Briede

STRONG north-easterly winds whipping across the Hastings coastline delivered the season’s first batch of bluebottles.

The stingers were washed ashore on several Port Macquarie beaches posing a swimming risk for those brave enough to dive into the choppy swell.

How to treat a bluebottle sting:

  • Remove any blue tentacles stuck to the skin (don’t rub the area)
  • Rinse the area with sea water (not freshwater)
  • Place the sting in hot water (no hotter than comfortably tolerated) for 20 minutes to relieve pain
  • If hot water is unavailable, or does not provide pain relief, apply cold packs or ice
  • Send for medical assistance if symptoms persist.
Large bluebottles washed ashore on Hastings beaches over the weekend. Photo: Linda Briede

Large bluebottles washed ashore on Hastings beaches over the weekend. Photo: Linda Briede

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