Deadly man-of-war spotted off Phuket beaches

PHUKET: Deadly Portuguese Man-of-War have been spotted floating off several of Phuket’s popular beaches this week.

Phuket Lifeguard Club President Prathaiyut Chuayuan told the Phuket Gazette today that the venomous siphonophore are a common occurrence off Phuket shores during the monsoon season and warned swimmers to be extra vigilant to ensure they do not risk getting stung by them.

The sting of a Portuguese man-of-war can sometimes be fatal for humans.

“So far this season there have been no reports of anyone getting stung by these jellyfish, a few of which were first spotted at Nai Harn Beach earlier this week and then off Kamala, Nai Thon and Surin beaches,” said Mr Prathaiyut.

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“Anyone who does get stung by a man-of-war jellyfish should know that only sea water should be used to wash the wounds; unlike other jellyfish stings, for which rinsing with fresh water or vinegar is advised,” said Mr Prathaiyut.

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