Cornwall news Dangerous Man O' War are washing up at Cornish beauty spot UK news
MetiNews.Com - The woman who took the video said it was 'a pretty awesome sight'
Breaking News ! A woman has shared a video showing a number of Portugese Man O' War washing up at a Cornish beauty spot. Josie Johnson, aged 27 from St Columb Major, was visiting Mawgan Porth near Newquay when she discovered the sea creature. She told CornwallLive: "I was with my friend Hailey. We live locally and had just got down there to have a run on the beach and ended up beachcombing because there was so much washed up. "We found loads of skate eggs, one the size of my hand, and unfortunately sea birds. "We then spotted a small Man O' War and then a bigger one tangled in the seaweed. A Portugese Man O' War tangled in seaweed near Newquay (Image: Josie Johnson) "We used sticks, rocks and cuttlefish to move them out of the way to get them back to the sea. "Then as we walked past they were everywhere, some bigger than others. "We ended up getting them back in the river for the tide to take them back in and the colours were so vivid. "I did take a short video of that but it was a pretty awesome sight. "I think they can still sting even when on land so we wanted to move them in case any dogs tried to eat them. "I'm not sure if it was the right thing to do, but their colours definitely came back in the water." She added: "We were really surprised to see them.
." There have been a number of sightings of Man O' War in Cornwall this summer.
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The sting of a Man O' War is powerful and can cause anaphylactic shock, with young children especially at risk. Surprisingly, Man O' War are not jellyfish. A Man O' War is made up of a colony of organisms working together and its tentacles can grow up to a staggering 165ft in length. Meanwhile, the creature's distinctive purple gas-filled float, the pneumatophore, acts as a sail which helps to float the rest of the colony across the surface of the water. Anyone who sees a Man O' War in Cornwall should avoid touching them and contact Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
The Portugese Man O' War is named after the 18th century armed sailing ship - as it's believed they look like one at full sail. It's also known as the Floating Terror. You can identify a Man O' War from its large translucent purple float, the crest tipped with pink, and long bluish-violet tentacles. The float is seen bobbing on the surface of the sea, sometimes caught in mats of seaweed. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. They lose their colour quickly after stranding and can appear translucent with just a tinge of purple after spending some time on land.
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