Bluebottles hit Bondi

23 Aug 2011 0 Share

The Blueys were back at Bronte this morning.

The Blueys were back at Bronte this morning.

Eastern Beaches of Sydney have experienced an unusual hit of bluebottle stingers usually seen in Summer months. Recent onshore conditions of persistent easterly winds and swell have been attributed to the presence of bluebottles washing up on the Bronte and Bondi Beaches.

Those braving the wintery weather on Sydney's east may have found a few unseasonal visitors in the water. Bondi lifeguards reported an unusual scattering of bluebottles along the shoreline, a phenomenon usually seen in Summer months.

"Although there have been a few shore dippers and a hardy crew of people swimming the bay outside the lineup, there have been no reports of any stings at this stage."

High pressure system anchored over the Tasman Sea extending to the NSW Coast.

High pressure system anchored over the Tasman Sea extending to the NSW Coast.

Dr Rob Brander, expert in beach and surf science, said, "when the East Australian Current deflects further to the South and with a period of persistent onshore wind eddies of warmer water are pushed onshore. This weather pattern may have coincided with a spawning cycle, resulting in blue bottles appearing in the water close to the coast and washing up on the shore."

Coastalwatch's chief swell forecaster, Ben Macartney explains "day after day of strong onshore winds are associated with a stagnant high pressure system that remains anchored over the southern Tasman Sea, extending a ridge to the New South Wales coast. The humid onshore flow brought stray, out of season bluebottles to Sydney's exposed beaches."

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