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63 Portuguese Man-O-War wash up on one Cornish beach

63 Portuguese Man-O-War wash up on one Cornish beach

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:43pm 21st October 2019. (Updated at 8:08pm 21st October 2019)

Photos: Friends of Portheras Cove

63 jelly-like sea creatures have been found washed up on just one beach in Cornwall.

The Portguese Man-of-War were discovered at Portheras Cove on Monday morning, and can have a potentially deadly sting to dogs.

People are being urged to take care on the north coast beaches over half term as their tentacles can still sting, even once they are beached.

"They are Siphonophores - a colony of creatures living together as opposed to a single creatures and are at the mercy of the winds and tides. 

"Their stinging tentacles are thin and blue and very hard to spot in the water if you're swimming /surfing. 

"Once stranded the tentacles bed down in the sand but can still sting so people and dogs need to keep their distance."

Friends of Portheras Cove

Portuguese Man o War

It follows a number of sightings around the Cornish coast in recent weeks, from Falmouth to Bude.

Beach-goers are being advised not to let their children or dogs to get too close.

Advice for dog owners:

"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, Falmouth

Portuguese Man o War

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