Toxic blue jellyfish invasion has caused the closure of city beaches on the southeast coast of the Australian state of Queensland in the resort areas of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. It is expected that access to water will be open no earlier than two weeks.
As the representative of the rescue on the waters of Byron Mills, of the number of jellyfish, known as Australia's "blue bottle", he could not remember in all my 32 years of practice. "Despite the fact that the influx of gelatinous sea creatures in this time of year is not uncommon, their number has reached enormous proportions — said Mills. — Sometimes it seems that there are millions. They affect everyone who comes into the water." According to rescuers, the reason for the influx of jellyfish are water temperatures and strong winds are contributing to massive proliferation of toxic "bottle" to the east. Moreover, beached jellyfish for 48 hours retain the ability to sting.
"Blue Bottle", resembling fish bladder, common in warm seas and oceans is found all along the Australian coast. Surprisingly its structure: the body is attached a number of short tentacles, which are many subordinate organisms responsible for movement, reproduction, digestion, and the stinging "tail", the length of which can be up to 10 meters! This unusual "weapon" is the perfect protective and jellyfish pischedobyvayuschim body. After a gastronomic taste of the sea "robber" applies to small fish and small animals.
Prick blue jellyfish to humans is not fatal, but it is very painful. The consequences of this "contact" shot with ice applied to the inflamed skin, or vinegar. Stung place can bleed, sometimes there are sores that are in the process of healing leave scars. It is noteworthy that each new burn tolerated worse than the previous, sometimes causing severe allergic reactions.