Jellyfish bluebottle
© Tasmanian Government. Image Peter Gouldthorpe
Season: Open all year

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Minimum size


Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.

Other names

Portuguese man o’war, man o’war, Australian bluebottle

Scientific name

Physalia physalis

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Identifying features

​Small blue to purple jellyfish with a clear gas bubble which allows it to float on the water surface.


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.

Fishing information

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.


Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

0427 655 557

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Contact us

Recreational Fishing

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

Hobart TAS 7000

Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


Commercial Fisheries

Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


Commercial Fisheries Licensing

Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550