Hundreds of blue blubber jellyfish have washed up at an Australian seaside, shocking locals and marine consultants.
Charlotte Lawson, 24, took photographs of the jellyfish at Queensland’s Deception Bay after noticing an uncommon color within the water.
“[When] we bought nearer we realised it was jellyfish,” she informed the BBC. “It was like bubble wrap throughout the seaside.”
Though a typical sight on Australia’s east coast, the mildly venomous marine stinger is never seen in such numbers.
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Marine biologist Lisa-Ann Gershwin stated she gasped when she noticed the photographs.
“It is like wallpaper,” she stated. “They’re simply cheek by jowl. They’re packed so tightly. It is a sea of blue.”
Dr Gershwin stated the phenomenon was in all probability brought on by a mix of things together with hotter waters, considerable vitamins and an absence of predators.
Northerly winds and tide situations could have additionally contributed, she stated.
Ms Lawson stated she had by no means seen so many jellyfish. They’d began to scent “fairly rank”, attracting complaints from locals, she stated.
Dr Gershwin stated she anticipated the jellyfish to dry out on the sand and be eaten by birds.
Others species washing up
The Sunshine Coast Daily reported that latest robust north-easterly winds had contributed to a spike in jellyfish sightings.
In response to Surf Life Saving Queensland, greater than 22,800 swimmers had been handled for stings by one other jellyfish species, the bluebottle, on the Sunshine Coast from 1 December to 31 January.
Dr Dan Capps stated he handled three canine for stings at his Sunshine Coast veterinary clinic on the weekend.
“We have had a prevalence of bluebottle jellyfish and different fire-type stingers on the Sunshine Coast,” Dr Capps informed the BBC.
“Some canine have been consuming them and its a really painful expertise for them.”
Reporting by the BBC’s Greg Dunlop