Deadly Portuguese jellyfish invade British beaches

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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 1:29 pm » by Abyssdnb


Deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish have invaded British beaches – and more are expected to arrive, it emerged today.

At least eight of the creatures, which can deliver a potentially lethal sting, were found on Tregantle beach in Cornwall.

Another two were spotted in estuary sands between Bantham and Bigbury in Devon, prompting authorities to warn bathers to be vigilant.
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Dangerous: The sail-like body of a Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish washed up at Tregantle Beach in Cornwall
It is thought the deadly animals, which have a distinctive body that is said to resemble a 16th Century Portuguese warship, could have come all the way from Australia.

A spokesman for the National Marine Aquarium said the sail-like creatures, which have sting-carrying tentacles that are up to 15ft long, were blown here by strong South Westerly winds.

And Tom Hardy, a marine conservation officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said he expects more man-of-wars to arrive during the summer.

‘They have been blown across by the prevailing winds. I would expect many more to follow.’

Mr Hardy said bathers and beach-goers should take care around the creatures and seek advice from local lifeguards if they are stung.

‘If people are stung they may suffer a shortness of breath in the most severe cases. In most cases they may have a bad sting,’ he told the Plymouth Herald.

‘We would advise people to rinse the area with either warm water or sea water, and try to remove the stingers carefully.’

They can produce a nasty and painful sting which leaves red welts on the skin, and if untreated they could take months to heal.

Friends Jess Manford and Donald Mann were walking along Tregantle beach on Monday evening when they spotted the pink-rimmed creature.
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Army: Photographer Jess Manford spotted eight of the creatures on the beach. More are expected to invade
Miss Manford, 26, a freelance photographer from Hartley, said: ’It was really exciting.

‘I was just walking along the beach with Donald when we spotted about eight of them washed up on the shore.

‘It was pretty dark, so we couldn’t see much, but we assumed that there must have been a lot more in the sea.

‘I am quite interested in marine wildlife anyway so I knew that they were Portuguese man-of-war.

‘Being a professional photographer I own an underwater camera, but it broke about two weeks ago, which is so annoying.

‘In the end I had to take the photos quickly on my phone.’

The last time a major number were washed up on our beaches was in 1945 and that saw hundreds washed up.

But in the last two years approximately two dozen of the creatures have been reported on south coast beaches.

The Portuguese man-of-war is not a true jellyfish, but a siphonophore - a single animal made up of a colony of organisms, which normally lives far out in the ocean.

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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 1:54 pm » by TheDuck


There not lethal so all good, get 'em on the barby lol
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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 1:58 pm » by Darrylmckay


Now dont take this the wrong way, but its said they were found on a beach in Cornwell, England.

How did anyone even notice they were there, its not like there would have been anyone using the beach, its in Cornwell England for gods sake.

As I said, dont take this the wrong way, I was only trying to insult the quality of Englands beachs. :lol:
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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 1:59 pm » by Abyssdnb


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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 2:11 pm » by Realorfake


These wash up here every May down in sunny South FL.

Just gotta watch where you step, they are pretty animals but pretty common nonetheless too...
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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 2:19 pm » by Darrylmckay


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I scoff at your pussy jellyfish, and its weak sting and give you the box jellyfish. it can kill you.
Now thats a MANS jellyfish.
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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 3:02 pm » by TheDuck


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I scoff at your pussy jellyfish, and its weak sting and give you the box jellyfish. it can kill you.
Now thats a MANS jellyfish.


Gotta agree with that :lol:

But I tell you what you would be surprised at how many people congregate around Cornwall beach.
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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 3:06 pm » by TheDuck


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PostThu Jul 30, 2009 8:21 pm » by Wrathofkahn


This is actually the deadliest jellyfish... (member of box jellyfish family)

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