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Jellyfish Warning

A warning has been issued after more dangerous jellyfish-like creatures washed up on UK beaches. The UK Coastguard has told people not to handle the Portuguese man-of-war, following an increase in the number appearing along the south coast.

They have been reported at Hove, Dawlish, Lyme, Charmouth, Bournemouth, Swanage, Seaton, and Portsmouth over the weekend.

Winds picked up over the weekend as Hurricane Ophelia heads towards the British Isles, and speaking to the BBC previously Dr Peter Richardson of the Marine Conservation Society said that although the man-of-war is a solitary being, "they travel in the water whichever way the wind blows".

Its venom, which is used to paralyse its prey, can cause pain to humans and animals, and in very extreme cases death.

Aimee Rampton, duty controller for the UK Coastguard said: "We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members of the public. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to their local council."

The Coastguard said it had also advised the local councils of the recent sightings.

 

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