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Half term warning as dozens of venomous Portuguese Man-of-War wash up on Cornish beach

Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove/Twitter

More than 60 venomous Portuguese Man-of-War have washed up on a Cornish beach, sparking a warning for half term holidaymakers.

The animal, which is often mistaken for a jellyfish, can inflict an excruciating sting, even once dead and on shore.

Friends of Portheras Cove tweeted the pictures, along with the advice to beach-goers to stay away and only spectate from a distance.

The creatures are often mistaken for jellyfish. Credit: Friends of Portheras Cove/Twitter

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The siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together, is not alien to our region's beaches.

They are often washed up during stormy weather and when there are high winds.

In 2017, there were more than 100 reported sightings of the Man-of-War in Cornwall.

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