I love the sea. In particular I love 'my' bit of coastline that hugs the wondrous sea. Over the weekend just gone we had five unseasonably warm days of summer heat and a public holiday had myself and many others going to the beach to bathe in the sea. I took some photos on the way home.
I was lucky not to have been stung by this critter, the Bluebottle jellyfish. It has a very painful sting. By the way, it's proper name is the Indo-Pacific Portugese Man-O-War of the species Physalia utriculus.
I also did not know that warm water is said to be a good remedy.
Any Aussie kid who grows up near the coast knows about bluebottles and to avoid them and not even touch the supposedly dead ones. I have been stung while swimming and I can tell you it's not an experience easily forgotten. If see them in the water I get out!
Common cures for the sting include rubbing sand on them, applying vinegar, urinating on them - never tried that one (!) but apparently hot water as long as it is above body temperature and not unbearably hot works best according to the NSW Ambulance Association To Pee or Not to Pee article, Daily Telegraph
Don't say my blog never teaches you anything! I think I'd rather pour the last dregs of warm coffee on the sting :)) than use pee.
Seagulls leave dance steps on the beach in the fading light.
Time for all good critters to go home...