Portuguese Man of War Flood the Beach

This is a small Portuguese Man of War

This is a small Portuguese Man of War. The bubble is as big as my thumb nail.

Today I took a walk on the beach and the entire beach was covered with 100o’s of Portuguese Man of War. They are babies. They have their babies on the water’s edge. The huge number of these things are frightening since they deliver a terrible sting. They say that even a dead one on the beach can deliver a sting. At first I did not see any with bubbles, so I thought it was a jelly fish-bad enough, but when I saw the bubbles and the trailing tentacles, I was pretty sure it was the Portuguese Man of War. I came in an googled them along with images of the babies and now I am sure. I have some pictures that I took below of what I found.

This is what a baby  looks like. Some were as big as a dime and others were the size of a quarter.

This is what a baby looks like. Some were as big as a dime and others were the size of a quarter.

I read that these travel in bunches of 1000. They get very big and have tentacles that hang down 165 feet. Guess Leo will not be going in the water for a while.

6 Comments
  1. I saw some very large man of war in the water in Bermuda but never in big groups. The large ones are very beautiful but, as you said, pack a powerful sting. Be very careful. The native people there probably have some home remedies for the sting. Ask around and I’m sure they’ll tell you—i’ve heard vinegar is sometimes used as is urine—ugh!!

    • Here they use hot sand on the stings. On the internet they said to use hot not cold, so I guess the people here know. I’ve heard urine. On Survivor, the tv show, some contestant peed on another contestants sting or cut.

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