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Lifeguards' warning on Portuguese Man-O-War

Lifeguards' warning on Portuguese Man-O-War

Published by Emma Carton at 7:00am 26th October 2019. (Updated at 11:26am 26th October 2019)

Lifeguards in west Cornwall have issued a warning as dozens of Portuguese Man-O-War wash up around our coast.

There have been multiple sightings of across the Duchy in recent weeks.

Among those, 63 of the jelly-like creatures found on the beach at Portheras Cove.

Others have been spotted at Pendeen, Carbis Bay, Falmouth and in north Cornwall at Bude.

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Cornwall's lifeguards have issued a warning after mass strandings of Portuguese Man-O-War. Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

Often mistaken for jellyfish, Portuguese Men-O-War pack a painful sting that can, in some cases, be lethal to dogs.

Beach-goers are being urged to keep their pets and children away from the creatures.

They can still sting, even when washed up on the sand.

It is feared more could be spotted over the coming days, after the recent stormy weather.

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Dozens of the jellyfish-like creatures with a powerful sting have washed up around Cornwall, including 63 on one beach! Photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

The team of RNLI lifeguards from Penwith have posted a warning on social media, ahead of their last weekend of patrols.

"These colourful creatures are being washed up on our beaches and although they look lovely they are the complete opposite. 

"Portuguese Man Of War have tentacles that can inject venom and are very dangerous to touch. 

"Please also keep your curious canines well away from them!

"I stumbled across these this evening at Carbis Bay".

RNLI Penwith Lifeguards

The Marine Conservation Society is urging anyone who spots a Portuguese Man-O-War to get in touch at the link below.

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