Lisa-Ann Gershwin, director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services, explaining that “warmer weather makes them breed more [and] live longer, and the right wind conditions bring them in. ” Because the jellyfish are known to collect in massive mid-ocean swarms, the push inland for these jellies with the correct-facing sail can be oppressive to anybody stepping into the ocean.
According to statistics released in February by Surf Life Saving Queensland, the number of reported blue bottle stings has increased by 900 percent since 2016.
During the final heat of the day, Moore and Ho both received stings to their arms and legs, and even lineup commentator Strider Wasilewski said he was hit by a jelly as well.
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