Portuguese man o’ war washes up on LBI

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LONG BEACH ISLAND -

A potentially dangerous sea creature washed up along Long Beach Island.

The Harvey Cedars beach patrol found a Portuguese man o’ war along Cape May Avenue Friday. They say that it’s the first one seen in the area this summer.

Tentacles on Portuguese man o’ wars can grow to several dozen feet long. Swimmer who come in contact with the tentacles may experience a painful sting and sometimes an allergenic reaction.

Lifeguards say that any swimmer who sees one should flag down a lifeguard. They say that swimmers shouldn’t touch the creatures because they can still sting on land.

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