Binalong Bay beachgoers have reported bluebottle jellyfish sightings for a week.THEY may only be small but their long tentacles pack a punch.

Known as the “Portuguese Man ‘o’ War”, bluebottle jellyfish have been washing up on popular East Coast beaches and they are revelling in the warmer-than-usual water temperatures.

Although there have been no reported deaths in Australia as a result of a bluebottle sting, the poison leaves human in serious pain.

”The immediate pain usually lasts about 30 minutes with typical oval-shaped welts surrounding redness of the skin,” a St Johns Ambulance Tasmanian spokesman said yesterday.

”The pain is like someone sticking needles into you.

”Some people feel the pain straight away and others feel the effects later on.”

If stung, run hot water over it and if that doesn’t work use an ice pack, the spokesman said.

It is advised people apply the treatment as soon as possible without touching the sting zone as the bluebottle poison spreads further if touched.

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