This is unknown creatures that are found in beaches that are capable of causing dangerous harm to your skin. Many of us like beaches a lot but we have to watch out for this beautiful creature that look like jellyfish or ordinary polythene bag not to touch otherwise.

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The most interesting thing about this creature is that it appears in different colour and shape.
This creatures may soon spread in other part of the world!
The potentially deadly Portuguese Man-of-War has been washed up on UK shores, conservationists are warning.

Other examples of Portuguese Man-Of-War

The Marine Conservation Society said it had received reports of several sightings of the bizarre stinging creature on beaches in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.
The public are being warned not to touch the Portuguese Man-of-War, which is not a single animal but a floating colony. The stings can be exceptionally painful and in extreme cases fatal.

The sightings in British waters comes weeks after the authorities in Ireland advised local beach goers about a spate of recent strandings of this potentially dangerous floating sea creature.

Portuguese Man-of-War are only occasionally reported in UK waters, with the last significant UK strandings of the species occurring in 2009 and 2012.

"We don't receive reports of Portuguese Man-of-War every year, but when we do they can turn up in big numbers, usually around about this time of year," said Dr Peter Richardson, of the Marine Conservation Society.

"In the last couple of weeks we've received several confirmed reports of Portuguese Man-of-War stranded on beaches around Cornwall and the Scilly Isles
"With the earlier strandings in Ireland, these recent sightings could herald the arrival of more of the creatures as they get blown in from the Atlantic."

The Portuguese Man-of-War is not a jellyfish, but is closely related and consists of a floating colony of hydrozoans - lots of tiny marine organisms living together and behaving collectively as one animal.

What the Venom of Portuguese Man O' War can cause

The stinging, venom-filled nematocysts in the tentacles of the Portuguese man o' war can paralyze small fish and other prey.

Detached tentacles and dead specimens (including those that wash up on shore) can sting just as painfully as the live organism in the water and may remain potent for hours or even days after the death of the organism or the detachment of the tentacle.

Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting, though the pain should subside after about 1 to 3 hours (depending on the biology of the person so stung).
A Cornish pasty-shaped, transparent purple float is visible on the water's surface while the blue, tentacle-like "fishing polyps" that hang below the float can be tens of metres in length.
"It's the tentacle-like polyps that can give an agonising and potentially lethal sting," said Dr Richardson.

"A stranded Portuguese Man-of-War looks a bit like a deflating purple balloon with blue ribbons attached, children will find it fascinating.

"So, if you're visiting a Cornish beach this weekend it's well worth making sure you know what these animals look like and that no one picks them up.

Sources: SkyNews


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