Portuguese men-o’-war are hitting SC beaches. Here’s what you need to know.
Another Portuguese man-of-war has washed up along Grand Strand Beaches.
Stacy King, who is visiting from Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, spotted the man-of war in front of the Beachwalk Villas in Cherry Grove yesterday afternoon.
A man-of-war has long, venomous tentacles that are powerful enough to kill fish. Even if the creature is dead, it can still sting whatever it comes in contact with.
Photos sent by King show the man-of-war in the ocean and finally washed up on the beach. When in the water, the animal floats on the surface and its tentacles hang down below.
This isn't the first Portuguese man-of-war to wash up this summer.
In late May, one washed up on the north end of Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue reported the sighting, warning people who see the animal to let life guards or beach patrols know if they see one in the water or on the beach.