STINGER SWARM: Huge jellyfish blooms have been reported across stretches of Bundaberg's coastline. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
STINGER SWARM: Huge jellyfish blooms have been reported across stretches of Bundaberg's coastline. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Painful stingers fail to stop big crowds

BLUEBOTTLES and blubbers have failed to deter Bundaberg beach-goers with people flocking to our beaches and inlets despite a high number of stings being reported this summer.

"Bluebottles have been responsible for most of the incidents, but jellies can still have a sting and a lot have lice and stingers in their tentacles," Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said.

Mr Holden said marine stingers had been a common sight across Bundy's beaches for the past month.

"There have been more than usual and they can each give a fairly painful sting."

Mr Holden said there were different stinger conditions at each beach, with some sitting out in the waves, and at other beaches they were "washed up on the sand. in ridiculous numbers".

"With the northerly winds we've had recently, there have been more and we're tending to see them in closer to shore this year."

Other marine creatures that pose a risk to swimmers had been uncommon at Bundaberg beaches.