A love bite that keeps on giving

WHAT is the collective noun for a group of blue bottles?

Well if you are an unlucky victim the answer is probably an 'ouchy' of blue bottles.

The North Coast's beaches were last week inundated with pysalia utriculus with many beachgoers treated for stings from the nematocysts, the sacs on the tentacles which contain the poison.

Northern NSW lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said favourable south-easterly winds have pushed the translucent poison purveyors out to sea.

“We see more blue bottle stings in the warmer water and during summer period when the predominant winds are north-easterly,” Mr Leahy said.

“For the next couple of days at least, it should be pretty safe down at the beach.”

Anyone stung should wash the affected area with sea water or under a shower before applying an ice pack or dousing with warm water of about 45 degrees Celsius.

Mr Leahy said once the tentacle had been removed, the poison ceased being injected into the victim.



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