Hastings Borough Council has issued an urgent warning to beachgoers following reports of Portuguese man o’ war washing up on local shores. These marine creatures, notable for their deep blue or purple color and distinctive air-filled sacks that float on water, pose a significant risk to those who come into contact with them.
The council urges the public to exercise extreme caution and avoid touching these creatures. The sting of the Portuguese man o’ war can be excruciatingly painful and, in rare instances, may result in potentially fatal reactions.
For individuals who may have been stung, it is crucial to follow the medical advice provided on the NHS website. The website offers comprehensive guidelines on how to deal with stings from jellyfish and similar sea creatures, ensuring prompt and effective treatment.