MYRTLE BEACH, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Beachgoers beware!
Authorities are asking folks who are heading to the shore to be on the lookout after multiple Portuguese man o’ wars have been reported at Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue posted on Facebook that the creatures have been popping up on the north side of Myrtle Beach.
“As the city reported earlier this week we have had reports of Man-O-Wars on our shores. This Man-O-War washed up on our shores on the north end of the beach. If you see these creatures lying on the beach please do not touch them. Please inform the lifeguard services or one of our beach patrols and we will make sure that it gets disposed of properly. As always be aware of your surroundings at the beach and stay safe out there!” the post read.
The Portuguese man o’ war is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous long tentacles deliver a painful sting, which is venomous and powerful enough to kill fish or (rarely) humans.