By Kirstie Sutheran
A bluebottle jellyfish with tentacles stretching over five metres long was discovered on a beach by passers-by.
Nicoli Hutchinson was walking along the beach in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband, Bryce, when they noticed the blue bottle jellyfish washed up on the sand in October this year.
Nicoli said: “My husband and I could not believe our eyes.
“The outgoing tide had washed the tentacle out straight toward the direction of the sea, so it was easy to see how very long it was.
“We were on our annual caravanning holiday and getting a bit of exercise, walking our dog along this beautiful stretch of coastline.
“It is a very long beach and we usually walk up and back about six kilometres.
“At the start of our walk when we noticed how many bluebottles had washed up and how straight their tentacles were left by the outgoing tide.
“I happened along this beauty and yelled to my husband to have a look. He agreed it was the longest he had ever laid eyes on as well.”
The couple were on their annual caravanning holiday and were walking their dog, Peppa, along Rainbow Beach, when they spot the strange tentacle and uploaded the video onto Nicoli’s social media accounts.
She said: “I put the video on Facebook and Instagram for our friends to see and got such a strong reaction.
“I decided to put it on YouTube for people who are not so accustomed to bluebottles to see.
“When you get stung by a bluebottle their tentacle tends to wrap around you in the waves.
“I definitely would not have liked to be stung by this one, It would have been very hard to pull it all off being wrapped around your body and the sting is contained along the tentacle.”