Thousands of dead jellyfish wash up on Redcliffe Peninsula, Australia

Thousands of jellyfish wash up onto the beach at Bells Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Thousands of jellyfish wash up onto the beach at Bells Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Photo: Andrew SaltmarshThousands of jellyfish have washed up on Bells Beach north of Brisbane, creating a spectacular vision of Mother Nature in action.

Redcliffe local and keen photographer Andrew Saltmarsh snapped these images on Friday afternoon after stopping at Pelican Park at Clontarf on his way home from work.

“After a few minutes I noticed that it smelled a bit more like the ocean than usual and when I looked down beyond the rock wall I just saw thousands and thousands of the blue blubber jellyfish stretching all the way down the beach,” he said.

 Thousands of jellyfish wash up onto the beach at Bells Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula.
Thousands of jellyfish wash up onto the beach at Bells Beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula. Photo: Andrew Saltmarsh

“There were just as many of them still in the water rolling up onto the shore or just bobbing around in the shallows. They all looked pretty much dead.”

The blue blubber, or catostylus mosaicus, is the most common species of jellyfish found along Queensland’s coastline. It gets its colour from algae plant cells present in its body, which photosynthesise, allowing it to convert energy that the jellyfish can use.

Swarms of blue blubbers have been cropping up around the South East Queensland coast in recent months as part of a regular cycle of population boom and bust.

The blobby creatures are not dangerous but present in such large numbers can make for an unpleasant time in the water.

Bells Beach is a popular spot for swimming, kite-surfing and jet-skiing.

Mr Saltmarsh said it was an astonishing sight.

“They’re so thick on the sand, you could lie down in them and make jellyfish angels,” he said.

Courtesy of Brisbane Times

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