Beachgoers, beware: Portuguese men-of-war spotted along South Carolina shore

Published: Sunday, June 09, 2019 @ 6:47 AM

Fast facts on Portuguese Man o’ war

Watch your step, beachgoers.

Wildlife officials announced Friday that "a small number" of Portuguese men-of-war, which are known for their strong, painful sting, have washed up on the South Carolina shore.

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"You should steer clear of these highly venomous relatives of jellyfish both in the water and ashore, as even a dead man-of-war has a sting strong enough to sometimes require medical attention," the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said Friday in a Facebook post

The sting is rarely fatal, according to The Associated Press.

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❗️Note to beachgoers: a small number of Portuguese man-of-wars have recently been reported on South Carolina...

Posted by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on Friday, June 7, 2019

The brightly colored hydrozoans "are occasionally pushed ashore by strong winds," the department added. Sightings have been reported in Hilton Head and Sullivan's Island, the AP reported.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.