Public Warning of Increased Presence of Portuguese Man of War at South Shore Beaches

The Department of Parks’ Lifeguard Service continues to observe Portuguese Man of War along South Shore Park beaches in recent days. 

The Department of Parks wishes to advise beachgoers and the swimming public to exercise caution in or near the ocean. 

Portuguese Man of War can be identified with their bluish/purplish gas-filled float on top of the water. 

Their in-water tentacles are often not seen, making them a deadly predator for small fish and extremely painful upon human contact. 

People should keep their distance and avoid touching them even if they are on land/beach, as the tentacles can still be very venomous.

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