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'Deadly' sea creatures wash up in Cornwall

'Deadly' sea creatures wash up in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:01am 19th October 2019.

Scores of sea creatures with a potentially deadly sting have been washing up on Cornish beaches.

One Portguese Man-of-War was found by Friends of Portheras Cove, brought in by strong winds.

The group, based at Pendeen, is urging parents and pet owners not to let children and dogs get too close.

It is one of a string of sightings around the Duchy in recent weeks, including Bude and Falmouth.

"This Portuguese-Man-o-War was one of three found in the cove this morning, brought in by the on-shore winds. 

!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

Ruth's Pet Behaviour Services, based in Falmouth, shared a warning on social media after a client spotted one at Gylly.

She said the tide had left quite a few Portuguese Man-of-War on the beach.

"If you see these on the beach, put your dog on a lead immediately and take them to a safe area.

"Some dogs, especially puppies will pick them up and try to play with them and they can give a really bad sting!

"The tentacles can be hidden under the sand.

"If your dog is stung, it is extremely painful so please be patient with your dog.

"The tentacles may be embedded in their skin, ONLY remove the tentacles if you are using a towel or fabric to protect yourself.

"Wash the area with seawater and contact your vet for advice re pain relief and further treatment".

Ruth's Pet Behaviour Services

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