If You See This Pretty Blue Object At The Beach, Turn Around And Run
LifeAspire Staff 5/11/2017
Summer is a time for fun and sun, but there are some hidden dangers along the beach we should all know about.
If you happen to spy a beautiful water creature resembling a rainbow-looking jellyfish, don't stand and admire it for too long.
In fact, back away very quickly. Its sting could land you in the hospital ... or even worse.
Called the Portuguese man-of-war, this relative to the jellyfish is actually a siphonophore. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a quite painful, and sometimes deadly, sting.
For this reason, it has been turning many beach vacations - into nightmares.
This creature can catch people off guard, because sometimes its detached tentacles will be floating along in the water and bump into a person's leg, stinging him or her. That's because a siphonophore is a colonial organism made up of different individual animals that are interconnected and work together.
However, they can survive independently. That is why the tentacles can still sting someone after they've become detached.
With their pretty blue or purple hued bubbles floating along the surface of the water and long, dark purple tentacles hanging down, the man-of-war is a mesmerizing creature. But it's the tentacles that one must watch out for.
A sting can cause a wide range of responses from the body, including painful red welts, fever, shock, cardiac distress, anaphylaxis, paralysis and death. If you find you've been stung by one, seek medical treatment. Also, don't listen to the myth of treating a sting by urinating on it. That only makes the wound worse.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Portuguese man-of-war.
So, if you see one of these breathtaking creatures, admire it from a distance and get away fast. If you think you've been stung by one, seek help immediately. Doing so just might save your life.