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The authorities in Australia have decided to close several beaches before the huge number of these strange creatures.
They were dragged ashore from the depths of the sea, these beings took several beaches in Australia, especially in Queensland, where they attacked anyone who crossed their path.
In hospitals, thousands of people had to be treated for bites, including extreme cases of anaphylactic shock.
Anaphylactic shock: also known as anaphylaxis, is a severe allergic reaction that occurs in response to a substance, activating the immune system in seconds or minutes. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, itching, swelling, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, and in some cases it can be fatal.
The authorities, meanwhile, had no choice but to close several places to swim, denying entry to locals and tourists.
What kind of alien creature is this?
The species is known as bluebottle, which in Spanish would be something like a blue bottle. And no, it is not a jellyfish, in fact it is known as a false jellyfish, or in other places like bad water. It is a species of hydrozoan siphonophore of the Physaliidae family . But hey, it looks like jellyfish and it’s simpler that way.
They are called bluebottle because of their plastic appearance. (Photo: The Weather Channel)
According to the Surf Live Saving Queensland (SLSQ), more than 2 thousand 600 people received treatment for the bite of this animal only this weekend. However, the figures are much more surprising, as The Australian reported that more than 13 thousand swimmers have been bitten in the last two weeks on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.
The BBC reports that it was unusually strong winds that pushed the creature colonies to the beaches.
The authorities of Australia are surprised at the number of blue bottles that arrived on land, as the number of these animals broke record. Even the bites are three times more than in the corresponding period last year.
Most of the incidents were recorded in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions, which are heavily populated in Queensland.
Colonies of bluebottle ( Physalia utriculus) appear as sacks dyed blue that measure about 15 centimeters long. Their sting is very painful and they can attack in the sea or in the sand.
Although the presence of bluebottles in Australia is not completely unusual, especially in summer, an SLSQ spokesman described the influx this year as an “epidemic”, while local media treat it as “invasion”.
According to Dr. Lisa-Ann Gershwin, an expert with the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services, it is rare to meet such a number, but said that it could be attributed to strong winds and a heat wave.
“A blue bottle has that candle protruding from its back, so the wind grabs the candle and carries it to the ground,” said Dr. Gershwin.
Meanwhile, people are advised to stay away from the water so they do not risk being attacked by a fake jellyfish.