The Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network has issued a warning
Hundreds of dangerous Portuguese man o’ war have washed up on beaches across Cornwall.
Many reports of the “floating terror” came in recently, with sightings recorded mainly on the south coast, including at Gyllyngvase Beach and Maenporth Beach at Falmouth, Loe Bar near Porthleven, Hannafore Beach and Porthkidney Beach near St Ives.
On Sunday, about 40 man o’ war were spotted on Gunwalloe beach on the Lizard peninsula.
The most recent sighting was reported yesterday, when Rachel Clarke, of Falmouth, counted 13 of the venomous colonies of organisms on Castle Beach and urged dog owners to be careful.
The creature’s sting is powerful and can cause anaphylactic shock, with young children being especially at risk. It is made up of a colony of organisms working together and some man o’ war’s tentacles can grow up to a staggering 165ft.
The Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Strandings Network issued a warning last week and said the animals were brought in by the wind.
Original publication 11 November, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 14th November 2020
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