The Bluebottle, is a common, if unwelcome, summer visitor to beaches.

Lifesavers have been forced to close several beaches because the crest of bluebottles acting like a sail in the strong North Easterly winds, eventually push bluebottles onshore. It’s not just swimmers at risk, people have been hurt as they walk along the tideline as bluebottles are still alive.

If you’re stung by a bluebottle try and pick off the tentacles with a towel or other object, rinse the area with seawater, place the affected area in warm hot water/shower and, if needed, apply ice packs. In cases of a serious reaction, call an ambulance immediately as everyone reacts to being stung differently.

Remember – Don’t pick it up and don’t walk on it, they are still alive, you will be stung.