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Portuguese Man O’War spotted in Guernsey

A Portuguese man o’war found on the beach below Fort Grey. Credit: Becky Hooper Bedford

Islanders are being warned not to touch Portuguese man o’war after one has been found on a Guernsey beach.

With a look similar to Jellyfish the Portuguese man o’war can be deadly to animals and, in some rare cases, humans.

The tentacles of the man o’war can still deliver a painful sting when on the sand. Swimmers and walkers should be cautious if they see one.

  • What to do if you're stung by one

Pain from a Portuguese man o' war sting typically lasts 15 to 20 minutes, but there are things you can do to help alleviate the pain.

Carefully remove any tentacles from the skin using tweezers. Then, wash the affected area with seawater.

Afterwards, soak the area in hot water - as hot as you can handle without burning the skin - to ease the pain. You can also purchase local anaesthetic gels and other forms of pain relief from a pharmacy.

If you're concerned about severe or lasting pain, or the affected area becomes infected, seek medical help.