After they have terrorized the Jersey Shore, the infamous Portuguese Man O’ Wars have made their way to Delaware beaches.
After 15 years of peace, the floating terrors return to Delaware, to the concern of beachgoers, who must be on the lookout for the Portuguese man o’ war from now on, so as to stay safe from its excruciatingly painful sting.
According to the Associated Press, The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has reported that Portuguese man o’ wars have been identified on Fenwick Island State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Cape Henlopen State Park. They are presumed to have washed up on the Delaware beaches during the weekend.
These creatures are called the floating terrors, because they float on the water and only their body remains visible. They have very attractive coloring on their transparent bodies, as they have layers of blue and purple that serve them many purposes. On one hand, the blue parts keep the camouflaged on the water and therefore they are difficult to spot.
On the other hand, the beautiful purple coating makes them attractive to people, who are often tempted to touch them and get stung. In the animal world, bright colors have the exact opposite effect, as they form a shield that is meant to keep predators and competitors away.
The scary part is that the tentacles of the Portuguese man o’ war lie under water and are not visible when it floats. Its tentacles can grow to be up to 50 feet long, making them an actual weapon. The floating terror will use its tentacles to sting in the event that it feels threatened by a person’s presence. Therefore, beachgoers are asked to be on the lookout for this silent danger, as remaining close to it will scare it and determine it to sting.
Also, it is very important that beachgoers stay away from the man o’ wars, even if they find them stranded on the beach, where they appear to be dead. This is a very dangerous moment, that could lead those who are curious enough to touch it straight to the hospital.
The sting of the Portuguese man o’ war is said to be horrifically painful, but the people who get stung need to find it in them to remove the tentacles of the beast from their skin, in order to stop it from transmitting venom. While man o’ war stings are not lethal, they could cause a great deal of trouble to victims, therefore it is the wisest choice to go to a hospital, in order to get help from a specialist.
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