Anglesey Beaches "Jellyfish" Attack
by G Parry
Poisonous Portuguese Man o' War have been sighted washed up on some west Anglesey beaches, including Porth Dafarch and Borthwen.
If they come into contact with these siphonophora, swimmers can receive a very painful sting which may cause a strong allergic reaction.
Normally the Portuguese Man o' War is found in subtropical and tropical regions of the Pacific ocean as well as in the open seas of Atlantic which are within the Gulf Stream.
As the island is close to the Gulf Stream it is conceivable that these siphonophora (not Jellyfish) could be carried towards the western beaches of Anglesey by a certain combination of strong south westerly winds and tides.
While they have been spotted at Porth Dafarch beach
and Borthwen beach
, it is possible that they may be in the water at other beaches in the area.
For those who may be thinking about swimming off Anglesey beaches over the coming weeks, the advice from Marine Officers on the island is to be extra vigilant.
Contact the Council maritime department if you spot any unusual creatures in the sea or on an Anglesey beach.
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