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Floating terror blown in by storm Ophelia

Potentially fatal Portuguese-man-of-war have washed up on south coast beaches The jellyfish are known as Floating terrors because touching them can cause a reaction, which in extremely rare cases can be fatal.

Storm Ophelia has a nasty sting

Storm Ophelia is blowing thousands of poisonous Portuguese-man-of-War jellyfish, which can be fatal, on to beaches across the south from Dorset to Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, and the Isle of Wight.

The jellyfish are known as floating terrors because their sting is so painful. UK Coastguard are warning beachgoers and dog walkers not to touch the them because they can in rare cases, cause a fatal allergic reaction in animals and humans.

Portuguese-man-of-war are about 20 cm long Credit: NOS

We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members of the public yesterday and today. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to their local council.

– Aimee Rampton UK Coastguard
Portuguese-man-of-war Credit: @shorehamport

First aid advice would be to remove the sting by scraping it away with a credit card or stick then soak any affected area in warm sea water and seek medical advice if symptoms become concerning by calling 111

Do not use urine to treat a jellyfish sting. Do not use vinegar to treat a Portuguese man of war sting as it will make the pain worse. Use paracetamol or Ibuprofen to numb the pain. If the sting is to the eyes or ingested you must go to your nearest A&E immediately. Pets should be taken to an emergency vet practice.

– RNLI spokesman

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