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Warning as dangerous jellyfish seen on beaches.

Byline: PAUL GREAVES paul.greaves@reachplc.com

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THEY may look delicate but these Portuguese man o' war carry a nasty sting and hundreds are washing up on the coastline around Plymouth.

Several of the jellyfish have appeared along Whitsand Bay and Bovisand Beach.

The Herald earlier reported how a child was left in excruciating pain after picking up one of the creatures on Bantham Beach in the South Hams.

Not too dissimilar to a jellyfish, the Portugese man-of-war, also known as blue bottle or floating terror, has long tentacles that can cause a painful sting and be fatal in extremely rare cases.

It has venomous long blue tentacles that pack a nasty sting intended small animals. It also has a pink inflatable bladder, but you will want to avoid touching them as in rare cases their sting can be deadly to humans, even when they are stranded and dead.

In some cases, the venom can cause symptoms that mimic an allergic reaction, causing cardiac distress, and difficulty breathing.

RNLI Lifeguards in South Devon have put out a warning about the Siphonophores.

They have warned that people need to be particularly careful to avoid the long blue tendrils, which cause terrible pain when touched.

The tentacles of a Man of War contain stinging nematocysts, microscopic capsules loaded with coiled, barbed tubes that deliver venom capable of paralyzing and killing small fish and

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Author:PAUL GREAVES paul.greaves@reachplc.com
Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2020
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