Despite expectations, it seems that more Portuguese man o’ wars are washing up on Jersey Shore, putting beachgoers in danger.
About a week ago, the Harvey Cedars beach from New Jersey was attacked by at least a dozen dangerous Portuguese man o’ wars, that are brightly colored jellyfish-like critters that could prove to be quite dangerous if they are touched.
But in spite of the specialists’ expectations, the critter has return to torment beachgoers from Stone Harbor beach. One passer-by noticed the man o’ war and initially thought it was a piece of garbage thrown on the beach.
But to her surprise, the blue and purple gelatinous mass that she saw was in fact a Portuguese man o’ war and she was very smart not to touch it, as the critter is renowned for the particularly painful sting that it can unleash on those around it.
The Portuguese man o’ war is a creature similar to a jellyfish, but its tentacles are much longer than those of a regular jellyfish, as they could grow to be as long as 30 feet. It then uses its tentacles to sting its prey and also the animals and humans it feels threatened by.
The critter can be seen with floating on the water or on shore and it should be avoided at all costs, at all costs. Even if its sting causes extreme pain to those who are unlucky enough to find themselves around the man o’ war, they have to do their best and fight the pain so that they can remove the tentacles of the jellyfish-like creature.
Then, they must call an ambulance immediately, because it is best if they are taken to the hospital, since the man o’ war’s venom is just as dangerous as its bite, and having a medical professional around who could help in case of emergency could prove to be extremely important. However, it seems that the Portuguese man o’ war’s sting is not deadly though.
The best course of action is to manage to avoid the jellyfish monster and so, it is advised to always be on the lookout for the blue and purple critter both on shore and in the water. This animal is called “bluebottle” because it could easily be mistaken for a bottle floating in the water.
“The tentacles can sting long after the man-of-war dies,” said Peter Hartney, a Surf City Councilman. “Notify a badge checker or lifeguard (if you see one). If you’re swimming, (…) it’s their environment, not ours. Keep your eyes open, pay attention and listen to the lifeguards.”
Remember to keep an eye out for the “floating terror”, as it could easily charm you with its bright beautiful colors. Furthermore, take special care around children who are particularly curious and could be tempted even more to touch the exotic man o’ war.
It remains to be seen if the authorities will issue further information regarding how long the critter intends to stay. Until then, it is best to take precautions and pay attention to the lifeguard’s suggestions.
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