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'Portuguese man o'war' jellyfish washing up on Portugal's beaches

JellyfishPortugueseMOWarThe Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Weather has issued a warning of the dangers posed by the species physalia physalis, more commonly known as the Portuguese man o' war,  which is washing up along Portugal’s coastline, the Azores and Madeira.

"Among the species that occur in Portugal, the Portuguese man o' war is the one that requires the most caution," opined the IPMA, about a species influenced by winds and surface currents and often is spotted along the Portuguese coast. The jellyfish is a blue colour, sometimes with lilac and pink tones.

"Its tentacles can reach 30 metres in length and sting, capable of causing serious burns. Therefore, it is important to remember that one should not touch the tentacles, even when the jellyfish appears to be dead on the beach," advises the institute.

If members of the public are stung by the jellyfish, clean the affected area with sea water and remove any pieces of tentacle stuck to the skin. Vinegar may be applied and always seek medical advice.

Since 2016, the GelAvista programme has been running.

Scientisist have been gathering data on the distribution of jellyfish along the Portuguese coast and alerting the public if the stinging kind is in evidence.

Information of sightings (date, place, number and photographs) should be sent to plancton@ipma.pt, or through the GelAvista app or check out the GelAvista Facebook page.

 

Comments  

+1 #5 Emma B 2019-05-18 09:16
Chez, if ed removed the comment by Deirdre, then the comment must have been off topic or down right rude or even both.
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+1 #4 chez 2019-05-17 10:55
Sorry, have I missed something, who the hell is Deidre?, i thought this article was about stinging jellyfish.
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+2 #3 Boris H 2019-05-16 20:40
quote name="dw"]Deirdre is one of many aliases our resident troll uses. I believe their aim is to sow discord and distract us from the fact that most of the world's problems are thanks to the 1%, whatever the nationality, who are screwing the rest of us. This petty racist nonsense is their last chance at divide and rule before their corrupt system collapses.
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dw., in totally agreement with you.
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+5 #2 dw 2019-05-16 15:51
Deirdre is one of many aliases our resident troll uses. I believe their aim is to sow discord and distract us from the fact that most of the world's problems are thanks to the 1%, whatever the nationality, who are screwing the rest of us. This petty racist nonsense is their last chance at divide and rule before their corrupt system collapses.
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+3 #1 Darcy 2019-05-15 09:13
Ed,
Could you please note that the comment made by "Deirdre" is Encitment to Hatred.
This person is continually making spiteful and derogatory remarks and should be given, at the very least a warning.
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