Connect with us


One sting reported from flood of ‘bluebottles’ at Phuket beaches

Legacy Phuket Gazette



One sting reported from flood of ‘bluebottles’ at Phuket beaches | Thaiger

PHUKET: Phuket lifeguards at Kata and Karon beaches so far have reported only one person being stung by the bluebottle jellyfish that washed ashore in droves yesterday.

More than 100 of the “stingers” washed ashore at Kata and Karon beaches, confirmed Uten Singsom, head lifeguard at Kata-Karon patrol unit on Phuket’s southwest coast.

He also received reports that some were found on Nai Harn Beach, further south.

“Officers from the Phuket Marine Biological Center collected many of them, including four live ones, for examination,” he said.

“There were a lot fewer of them today,” he added.

Despite nearly all the stingers being dead when stranded on the beach, Mr Uten strongly advised against touching them.

“This is just in case people may be allergic to the sting. If a person touches a bluebottle tentacle, they should wash the area immediately with freshwater [or drinking water] or vinegar,” he said.

The phenomenon of stingers washing ashore is becoming a regular feature of Phuket’s rainy season.

“This kind of jellyfish cannot swim by itself and they are usually found at the bottom of the sea but during the [southwest] monsoon season, the strong current and waves pull them up to the surface and wash them ashore,” Mr Uten explained.

One Phuket Gazette reader commented, “I counted more than 50 on the beach and many more washing up, most were very small but a few were bigger than I have ever seen on Phuket.

“I also counted 13 on the beach at Nai Harn. Lifeguards at Nai Harn said one lady was stung yesterday. Guards at Kata told me they weren’t aware of anyone being stung at Kata.”

The reader reported one of the bluebottles having a tentacle measuring about two meters long.

— Atchaa Khamlo


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Best of35 mins ago

Chiang Mai’s 5 best eco-friendly hotels

Coronavirus (Covid-19)47 mins ago

‘Dark red’ curfews, interprovincial public transport ban possibly until Aug 31 – CCSA

Thailand2 hours ago

The Thaiger launches the ‘I Am Strong’ campaign

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Chon Buri2 hours ago

Narcolepsy suspected as cause of car accident in Chon Buri

Best of2 hours ago

Top 5 hair salons in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)2 hours ago

Healthcare worker pleads with PM to set up “war room” to manage pandemic

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Best of3 hours ago

The best backpacker hostels in Phuket

Politics3 hours ago

Official detained after spreading rumour of planned coup to oust PM

Business3 hours ago

Thai AirAsia suspends flights, cuts salaries as financial woes continue

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 17,970 new cases and 178 deaths

Phuket4 hours ago

Phuket sealed off from tomorrow in bid to curb virus spread, save sandbox

Coronavirus Vaccines4 hours ago

Bangkok vaccination centres shut down at weekend due to vaccine shortages

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand conservation adds 17 rare Indochinese tigers this year

Pattaya10 hours ago

Man falls off 4th story roof only breaking arm and chin

Thailand15 hours ago

Family finds long lost man after he is rescued from 17 metre well

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8