Thursday, April 30, 2009

Watch out for these

Good weather brings jellyfish to the local coasts and whilst most are relatively harmless, theimage Portuguese man o’ war isn’t one of them. A cluster of around 50 of these creatures have been spotted off the coast of San Pedro del Pinatar.

Although they were identified five miles off shore, Cartagena city hall revealed that one had been seen on a local beach.

The Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis)is infamous for swarming in groups of thousands and for the very painful sting produced from its tentacles.



Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin which normally last up to three days.

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