Portuguese man o'war found on Weston-super-Mare beach

PUBLISHED: 14:23 27 September 2017

A Portuguese man o' war was found on Weston's seafront. Picture: Julian Goldsworthy

A Portuguese man o' war was found on Weston's seafront. Picture: Julian Goldsworthy

Julian Goldsworthy

A venomous Portuguese man o'war was washed up on Weston-super-Mare's beach last week.

Julian Goldsworth was walking along the beach with his granddaughter Amelia when they came across the stranded sea creature.

Mr Goldsworth said: “We were walking towards the Tropicana when we spotted it. It was about two and a half inches long and was blue.

“I dug a trench using my hands, let it fill with water and lifted it from its ballooned head.”

Dr Peter Richards, head of ocean recovery at the Marine Conservation Society (MSC), said: “They are not supposed to be in our seas but when there are strong winds and bad weather they can be blown in.

“We have had them in very small numbers in the past but this year has been unlike anything we have ever seen before – with more than 200 cases reported.”

If you come across a Portuguese man o’war, call MSC on 01989 566017 or visit the MSC’s website.

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