A Sting In The Tail


Weird and Wonderful

A sting in the tail
10th October 2017

By Lloyd Lugsden

Beachgoers were advised to look out for Portuguese men o’war after a number of the venomous creatures were washed up on Britain’s coast.

The creatures were washed up along with rare violet sea snails when strong winds and high tides hit Cornwall’s Atlantic coast.

The jellyfish-like man o’war has venomous tentacles as long as 30 metres (100ft) that can give a painful and occasionally fatal sting. The ‘floating terrors’, as they are also known, were found near Newquay and Bude, with Perranporth beach being closed off, according to a report in the Mirror. Cornwall Wildlife Trust had 144 sightings reported in three days.

The Portuguese man o’ war, (Physalia physalis) is often called a jellyfish, but is actually a species of siphonophore.