Man-of-wars washing up on SC beaches

South Carolina DNR warns beachgoers to stay away

By WEB STAFF
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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is warning beachgoers. The DNR said Portuguese man-of-wars have recently been reported on the state's beaches.

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is warning beachgoers.

The DNR says Portuguese man-of-wars have recently been reported on the state's beaches.

"You should steer clear of these highly venomous relatives of jellyfish both in the water and ashore, as even a dead man-of-war has a sting strong enough to sometimes require medical attention. Fortunately, the bright blue ‘float' of a man-of-war makes them easy to recognize and avoid. "

"Typically a resident of the open ocean, these fascinating animals (which are not actually one creature, but four types living together in a colony) are occasionally pushed ashore by strong winds. They have recently washed onto beaches from Florida to North Carolina."

 

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