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A potentially deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish found on a Welsh beach

A potentially deadly Man O’War was found launched on a beach in Wales.

Poisonous creatures have been found on Sehun Sidan Beach and other local beaches in Penbury.

Man O’War has tentacle-like polyps that can cause painful and fatal stings to the touch.

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In a social media warning, Penbury County Park said: “Portuguese man-of-war was launched at Sehunsidan and other local beaches.

“These creature-like jellyfish give painful puncture wounds that can be fatal even when they are dead.

“Do not touch. Avoid walking barefoot. Keep your dog away.

“If you or your dog is stung and experiences severe or persistent pain, see a doctor or veterinarian immediately.”

Man Owar, Credit: Cheryl Richards at Sehun Sidan in Pembury Country Park

Andrea Williams, a local inhabitant, said: [the jelly fish] It has been washed away on the beach for years. I’m 58 years old and can remember this happening since I was a kid. I think it will start happening in the summer, and you will see them side by side as far as you can see.

“It’s not uncommon to meet them at this time of the year.”

Deadly jellyfish have also been witnessed in Pembrokeshire.

Carla Jackles also shared a photo of the Portuguese man-of-war launched on a freshwater beach.

Portuguese Man O’War on Freshwater Beach

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Center also shared this warning on social media:

The Portuguese man-of-war, also known as the Blue Bottle, is not really a jellyfish, but a familiar cousin of this kind.

It is a colony of very small organisms of the same species that attach to each other to survive.

The Portuguese man-of-war is commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean and is common in groups floating in the Atlantic Ocean with clear gas-filled floats.

These “jellyfish” paralyze and catch fish and other small prey using poisonous tentacles that can reach huge lengths of up to 160 feet.

Credits on the freshwater beach of Portuguese man-of-war: Carla Jackles

Those stings usually only cause a human wheal that looks like a whip and lasts up to a few days after the first sting. The stinging pain should usually subside after a few hours.

Stabbing is known to kill humans because sometimes the poison moves to the lymph nodes, causing symptoms that mimic allergic reactions.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Wildlife Trust said, “If the Portuguese man-of-war is on the beach in public, it can still be stabbed and it is advisable to praise it from a distance.”

A potentially deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish found on a Welsh beach

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