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Portuguese Man O’War With Up To 160ft Long Toxic Tentacles Overrun UK Beaches

The poisonous Portuguese man o’war is sometimes mistaken for a jellyfish by those who are unfamiliar with its nature. It is neither a jellyfish nor an “it,” but rather a “them.” Due to recent severe weather, this species has been discovered on UK beaches. It sends out immediate alerts regarding their potential to kill people.

Ocean life specialists have warned people after poisonous ‘jellyfish’ showed ashore on UK beaches. The Portuguese man o war that washed up on a beach in the Uk has already died. However, a man can be killed by this sea monster’s deadly sting, albeit this is extremely rare.

These animals may reach a length of 160 feet. However, they are quite uncommon in Britain. However, between September and December, they may wash ashore due to strong westerly winds. According to The Wildlife Trust, this is exactly what happened recently.

Portuguese man o'war discovered on UK beaches.
image credits : Portheras

Their purple bodies can grow up to 12 feet long.

Their virtually invisible ribbon-like tentacles may reach a length of 160 feet.

Stormy weather has pushed these animals out of their natural homes in the water. They are now scouring shallow seas off the coast of the United Kingdom for plankton to feed on.

According to CornwallLive, the deadly ‘jellyfish’ washed up on Sennen Beach and nearby Portheras Cove in Cornwall. As a result, specialists have issued a public warning.

The Portuguese man o’war is not a jellyfish, according to the Wildlife Trust. It’s a zooid-based colonial hydrozoan. They are tiny, individual organisms with specific functions such as feeding and reproduction.

Portuguese man o'war discovered on UK beaches.
image credits : Portheras

They can’t survive separately functioning as one creature.  With the aid of a gas-filled bladder, the Portuguese man o’ war may float at the surface of the wide ocean. The top of the structure has a sail-like apex.

These animals are unable to swim and rely on the wind to propel them along. That’s why, following large storms, they commonly wash up on beaches.

With the assistance of their long stinging tentacles, they hunt small fish and crustaceans.

These tentacles may hurt long after the animal has died, so everyone should be aware of them. People are advised to keep a safe distance from these creatures. In addition, they were advised to keep their dogs away from the animals spotted on beaches.

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