Portuguese man o' war spotted in River Dart and Blackpool Sands

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There have been reports of Portuguese Man O’ War being spotted in the River Dart and a South Devon beach.

Dartmouth Harbour master reported a sighting, 200 yards north of the town’s jetty yesterday morning. There have also been sightings at Blackpool Sands.

The creatures have tentacle-like polyps that can give a painful and potentially lethal sting. They should not be touched.

The Portuguese man o’ war is not a jellyfish but is infact a siphonophore, a colonial organism made up of polyps which attach to each other and function as one.

Perranporth beach in Cornwall was closed after hundreds of the creatures were washed up earlier this month.

Perranporth beach earlier this year

 

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