Beware of Toxic Portuguese Man-of-War Along Jersey Shore


Not all colorful and vibrant creatures seen along the beach is safe, especially this unusual creature spotted along the coast of New Jersey – the Portuguese Man-of-War, a deadly jellyfish-like sea creature. Beachgoers are warned to stay away from the creature even if it looks so eye-catching.

These creatures are usually found down the tropics, but researchers believe that more are on their way to the area as the number of creature spotted along the shore begin to increase.

Last week, researchers tried to collect the stray creatures to understand why its number is slowly increasing along the Jersey shore. The creatures spotted may not be as many to fear of, but sightings reported reached to 12 already.

A researcher even said that the neon purple and clue creature is occasionally seen on the area, but not as frequent this year.

They believe that the northeasterly winds in combination with the Gulf Stream are pushing the man-of-war towards New Jersey from the Caribbean or the seas of Florida.

They spotted the venomous sea creature floating on the surface of the water in a bloated and blubbery fashion making it look more fascinating. One researcher suggests that it may even reach Martha’s Vineyard and next is Cape Cod after the Jersey shore, which is just off the coast of Massachusetts. However, the creatures may stay for several weeks along the coast of New Jersey before moving in to a new spot.

Anyone is advised to not get any closer to the creature as its sting is intensely painful and highly toxic. Getting in contact with its tentacles often result to blistering and welting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that the tentacles of the man-of-war may drag behind it for up to 30 feet in length in the water.

Unfortunately, its vibrant color turns to being translucent once it steps on the shore making it almost impossible to see. This is where people accidentally steps on it and experiences an unforgettable pain from the sting.

Some people are reported to have an allergic reaction to the sting, which seldom results to a painful death. This is what the creature does to catch and kill its prey.

Experts suggest that those who have been stung by the man-of-war should make a first-hand move of flushing the affected area in running water or vinegar, and immediately seek medical attention for proper treatment.

Source: The Times Gazette


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