Bluebottles are found in temperate and tropical waters during periods of warm current movement. Commonly seen on beaches around Tasmania in summer and autumn periods.
Not taken by recreational fishers. Care needs to be taken when bluebottles are seen floating in adjacent areas. The bluebottle’s tentacles may be windblown onto the fisher as they retrieve their lines or caught up on longlines and gillnets as they are retrieved.
These jellyfish can deliver very painful stings and should be avoided even if the animal appears dead on a beach. The stinging cells in the tentacles can remain active for some time even after the jellyfish has been cast on the shore.