Thursday, 14 September 2017

Man-of-war spotted along coast in Cornwall and Wales

12 September 2017

Large numbers of potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war have washed up on a Cornish beach, prompting its closure.
RNLI lifeguards erected do not swim red flags at Perranporth beach earlier because of the "unusually large number" of the creatures.
The jellyfish-like organisms, which have long purple tentacles, have also been seen in Wales this month, says the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).
With mild sea temperatures of 16C there were fears of swimmers being stung.
The RNLI said it placed red flags at Perranporth beach between 10:00 and 13:30 BST to signal that the water was out of bounds, while lifeguards took advice on the level of danger to beachgoers.
Man-of-war were spotted at Newgale, Pembrokeshire, on 8 September and the next day on beaches near the holiday destination of Newquay.


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