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Deadly jellyfish invade UK beaches

By T.K. Randall
July 30, 2009 · Comment icon 6 comments



Image Credit: NOAA
A number of deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish have been washing up on British beaches. Growing up to 15 feet in length the jellyfish can deliver a lethal sting and are thought to have come from as far away as Australia.
Deadly Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish have invaded British beaches and more are expected to arrive, it emerged today. At least eight of the creatures, which can deliver a potentially lethal sting, were found on Tregantle beach in Cornwall.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
I don't know how deadly a Portuguese man-of-war really is, but their translucent bodies would help them be formidable underwater hunters.
Comment icon #2 Posted by odds022 14 years ago
Hahaha come on, the man of war (or blue bottles as we call them here) are nothing. I have been stung by them literally hundreds of times surfing and swimming. They are a regular occurance on our beaches down here. They do give a nasty burning sting, especially if you cop it in the wrong place where it can feel like someone took a sledge hammer to your groin. But these things are not deadly. Its funny when tourists see them for the first time here though, usually picking them up and stinging themselves. We just pop them and bury them under the sand when we see them. You can pick them up by the ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Mallaliak 14 years ago
My friend made a fun joke about them when I showed him the article. (I think it's fun?) "It's the spanish armada all over again!" But more seriously.. So we got some missplaced jellyfish? Big news.. And it's news, so of course it's blown out of proportions. Like the flue. "End of hte world!" right.. Not so much worse being effected then by a regular flue.. Why can't news give something less credit then it deserves, rather then way too much?
Comment icon #4 Posted by clubfoot O.M.G. 14 years ago
If the tentacles on these men-o-war are only 15 feet in length then they are only 'little guys'. The average length is around 10 metres (over 30 feet) and have even been known to be as long as aproximately 50 metres (165 feet)!
Comment icon #5 Posted by The Big Boss 14 years ago
Why doesn't Britain just send in its Jedi population to take aggressive negotiations with the jellyfish? Who knows, they might find that their Sith population was at the heart of the crisis.
Comment icon #6 Posted by clubfoot O.M.G. 14 years ago
Why doesn't Britain just send in its Jedi population to take aggressive negotiations with the jellyfish? Who knows, they might find that their Sith population was at the heart of the crisis. This is a risky approach to recommend, I mean Darth Maul (Phantom Menace 1), was difficult enough to defeat, imagine facing a jellyfish with whoever knows how many lightsabers armed in each tentacle, the mind boggles!


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