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'Deadly' sea creature washes up in Cornwall

'Deadly' sea creature washes up in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:32am 9th September 2019. (Updated at 7:36am 9th September 2019)

A sea creature with a potentially deadly sting has washed up on a beach in west Cornwall.

The Portguese Man-of-War was found by Friends of Portheras Cove.

The group, based at Pendeen, made the discovery as strong winds hit the coast.

They also spotted what has been described as a flotilla of By-the-Wind-Sailors and goose barnacles.

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A Portuguese Man-of-War, a sea creature with a potentially deadly sting, has washed up on a Cornish beach. Archive photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

"The on-shore winds brought in some of our more unusual visitors today.

"A Portuguese-Man-o-War (look but don't touch!), a flotilla of By-the-Wind-Sailors, and lots and lots of Goose Barnacles. 

"These amazing creatures live out their lives on the oceans waves, and drift ashore occasionally depending on tides and wind direction".

They added: "A stranded Portuguese-Man-o-War can still pack a very powerful sting - the blue tentacles at the base of the creature bed down into the sand, but are still carrying the venom. 

"Please admire from a distance if you see any and don't let your children or dogs near them. 

"They are a species of hydrozoans (not jellyfish) and are in fact a colony of creatures living together in harmony!"

Friends of Portheras Cove

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Friends of Portheras Cove discovered a Portuguese Man-of-War and the above creatures, Velella Velella, in west Cornwall. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

"By-the-Wind-Sailors (Velella Velella) beutiful and elicate the float on top of the waves and their top section acts like a sail to send them drifting with the winds. 

"They are hydrozoans like the Portuguese-Man-o-War but not as harmful. 

"Best to keep dogs away from them though!"

Friends of Portheras Cove

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