Children warned over lethal men-of-war

From BBC - September 12, 2017

Large numbers of potentially fatal Portuguese man-of-war have washed up on a Cornish beach prompting its closure.

RNLI lifeguards erected do not swim red flags at Perranporth beach earlier because of the "unusually large number" of the man-of-war.

The jellyfish-like creatures with long purple tentacles have been seen in Cornwall and Wales this month says the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

With mild sea temperatures of 16C there were fears of swimmers being stung.

The RNLI said it placed red flags at Perranporth beach "for a short time" earlier to signal that the water was out of bounds, while lifeguards took advice on the level of danger to beachgoers.

It said the beach had reopened by 15:13 BST.

More on the man-of-war sightings and other stories from Cornwall

Man-of-war were spotted at Newgale, Pembrokeshire, on 8 September and the next day on beaches near the holiday destination of Newquay.

They have also been seen at Porthmelon Beach on the Isles of Scilly and on the Cornish beaches of Portheras Cove and Summerleaze, Widemouth, Perranporth, Hayle, Holywell Bay and Praa Sands.

Six were reported at Gwithian.


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