Felix McWilliam is becoming accustomed to sharing his beach with the blue blubbers infesting our shores.
Felix McWilliam is becoming accustomed to sharing his beach with the blue blubbers infesting our shores. Valerie Horton

Swimmers warned as blue blubbers cover beaches

AS FRASER Coast residents are looking for ways to cool off, jellyfish are haunting Fraser Coast beaches and surf lifesavers are warning swimmers to be careful.

Catostylus mosaicus, also known as blue blubber jellyfish, have been turning up in high numbers.

But while the species are not deadly, swimmers - particularly parents with young children - still need to be vigilant.

Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager for Wide Bay Capricorn Craig Holden said the blue blubber was not life-threatening but it could give a nasty sting.

"I wouldn't exactly say they were a major concern but swimmers need to be aware," he said.

Box jellyfish and irukandji were the deadly varieties, but they are uncommon in Fraser Coast waters and were more likely to be found in north Queensland.

Blue blubber jellyfish, which grow to about 35cm in diameter, have peppered the sand of Hervey Bay's beaches for a few weeks.



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