September 15, 2008
Killer Found on the Beach
A DEADLY jellyfish has been washed up on Pendine Sands.
The Portuguese man o'war was found by holiday maker Chris Englishas he enjoyed a day out at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire.The poisonous creature is abundant off the coast of Pakistan but is not normally found in British waters until later in the year.
Recognising it instantly, Mr English, from Exeter, warned his family to stay away. He then told a marine biologist of his find.
National Marine Aquarium information officer Doug Herdson confirmed the creature's identity saying that about 30 hadbeen washed up on British beaches in the past six weeks.
He said: "We usually get them around October, but the strong persistent westerly winds have brought them over earlier. If there has been a good breeding year, such as there was in 1999 and 2000, we could see hundreds."
Mr Herdson warned anyone findinggama no' war to steer clear of it.
He said: "They certainly have a very nasty sting, and if anyone is unfortunate enough to be stung, the advice is to use apiece of stick to scrape away any stinging cells left by the creature, and then apply ice."
The Portuguese man o'war is actually a floating colony of closely related animals called hydrozoans.
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