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Portuguese Man-O-War spotted as Storm Ciara looms

Portuguese Man-O-War spotted as Storm Ciara looms

Published by Emma Carton at 8:09am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 8:17am 7th February 2020)

A warning is going out to Cornwall's beach-goers, as Portuguese Man-O-War wash up ahead of Storm Ciara.

The group, Friends of Portheras Cove, has posted to say several have stranded in the Duchy.

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

Locals are being urged to keep their pets and children away from the creatures because they can still sting, even when washed up on the sand.

Portuguese Man o War
More Portuguese Man-O-War have washed up on Cornish beaches ahead of Storm Ciara. Archive photo: Friends of Portheras Cove

"The winds are already bringing in some interesting visitors ahead of this weekend's impendign storm Ciara.

"Watch out on the cove for these fabulous little creatures 'By-the-Wind-Sailors' - we had a whole flotilla of them today! 

"Each one is a hydrozoan, a colony of creatures all living together in harmony and being blown a-top the waves at the mercy of the winds. 

"They are not harmful, but take care as there are also some Portuguese-Man-O-War being stranded too".

Friends of Portheras Cove

Lifeguards issued a warning back in October, as dozens of Portuguese Man-O-War wash up around our coast.

63 of the jelly-like creatures were found on the beach at Portheras Cove.

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

The Marine Conservation Society is urging anyone who spots a Portuguese Man-O-War to get in touch at the link below, amid fears Ciara could trigger more strandings.

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