PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR
Portuguese man o’ war is closely related to jellyfish. When they are floating in the water they resemble an old warship at full sail.
- Like jellyfish, Portuguese man o’ war can sting even when they are dead and have been on the shore for a while.
- Their sting is very painful for humans.
- Treatment recommendations vary widely, one study suggests that treatment should be no different from jellyfish stings (vinegar and removal of stingers/tentacles). Additionally, applying hot water or a hot pack for 45 minutes is recommended.
Sources: National Geographic & University of Hawaii at Manoa