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Beach Lovers Bewarned As Weather Conditions Cause Huge Surge In Jellyfish

If you love the feeling of sand between your toes, and salty water under the sun - it might be ruined by a surge of jellyfish that recent weather conditions have caused.

And it’s not just one type either, an armada of jellyfish have been spotted and predicted to continue to show face across beaches, including Bluebottles, lion’s mane, and the notorious Irukandji.

Their presence has turned a routine ocean swim into a painful obstacle course for holidaymakers and regular beachgoers across the country.

Surf life-saving organisations along the NSW, Tasmanian, and Queensland coasts have even resulted in having to put signs up to alert swimmers of the influx of bluebottles.

Bluebottles are known to cause seriously painful stings to whoever is unfortunate enough to be struck by one.

Several North Queensland beaches were even forced to close this month after marine stings from Irukandji resulted in two young boys being hospitalised from two separate beach incidents.

Experts say the best treatment for bluebottle stings is to rinse well with sea water and then use hot water or ice for the pain.

If stung by an Irukandji, Queensland Ambulance says to:

Avoid rubbing the sting area and immediately douse the sting area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.

If vinegar is not available, carefully remove tentacles off the skin and rinse well with seawater.