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MOAF ISSUES SAFETY ADVISORY ON VENOMOUS SEA CREATURE.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has issued an advisory listing out preventive and first-aid measures in case of a sting by Portuguese man-of-war or the bluebottle, a highly venomous creature.

The creature was reportedly spotted by some people on the beaches of Salalah. Belonging to the genus Physalia physalis, the marine creature is known for its floating habit and sharp sting that can cause harm to animals and humans.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Eng Salim Ahmed al Ghassani, director of Fisheries Research Center in Dhofar governorate, said, 'A three-day search campaign conducted last week, did not find any such creature. Some people have published information via social media that this organism was seen on some of the beaches in Salalah.

Some reports also suggest some sting cases were taken to health centres. However, health centres in Salalah have denied any case associated with the creature.' Ghassani said the statement has been issued to inform people. 'Our campaigns will continue to examine the beaches of the sultanate to protect everyone. We call on all fisherman, citizens or resident who spot this organism to report to us so that we can take a sample and examine it.'

The ministry has also listed out first-aid measures incase of a sting. 'Avoid rubbing the area and wash only with seawater. Do not use fresh water or any other liquid and rush to a health centre at the earliest,' said the ministry statement. 'We call on citizens and residents to verify the source of any report before publishing it through social media,' it added.

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Publication:Muscat Daily (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Dec 23, 2018
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