Portugese Man-of-Wars recently closed the beaches in Krabi, and they are now causing concern in the UK and Ireland as an increasing number of sightings are reported. Not technically a jellyfish, these floating creatures pack a potentially deadly punch in their tentacles, which can grow up to 50ft. If you see one, do not touch it!

The Marine Conservation Society is asking for people to report any jellyfish sightings (and include a photo if possible) – link here.

From the Plymouth Herald

Deadly Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish-type sea creatures washing up on nearby shores

Conservationists are warning people to watch out for the potentially fatal stinging creatures after sightings in Cornwall.

The Marine Conservation Society said it had received reports of several sightings of the bizarre stinging creature on beaches in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles – and say more could be heading this way across the Atlantic.

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From the Irish Mirror

Warnings issued after Portuguese man o’war with ‘the most dangerous sting of any sea creature’ washes up on Irish beaches

Killer jellyfish-like creatures have been spotted on Irish beaches, a wildlife group has warned.

Portuguese man o’war have washed up recently in counties such as Donegal, Clare,Cork, Galway and Kerry

They travel in groups of up to 1,000 so hundreds more could be on the way.

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NHS Treatment advice

From the NHS

Jellyfish and other sea creature stings – Treatment

Portuguese man-of-war stings can be treated in a similar way to jellyfish stings (see above).

As with jellyfish stings, don’t use vinegar or alcohol to wash the affected area, as it can make the pain worse.

Instead, after carefully removing any remaining tentacles from the skin (see above), thoroughly wash the affected area with seawater (not fresh water). Afterwards, soak the area in hot water to ease the pain.

Pain from a Portuguese man-of-war sting usually lasts about 15-20 minutes. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience severe, lasting pain, or if the affected area becomes infected.

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