18 Jan 2024

Warm waters bring bluebottle jellyfish

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 18 January 2024

Surf Life Saving New Zealand is warning beachgoers to stay vigilant as bluebottle jellyfish flock to our shores.

Record summer heat across the country means more jellyfish are enjoying warmer waters.

While there are some creative methods to dealing with a sting, the best method is a simple 'pluck and heat'.

Dr Gary Payinda is Surf Life Saving NZ's medical director and emergency medicine specialist. He spoke to Charlotte Cook.