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'Very Dangerous' Portuguese Man O' War Sightings Shut Down Some Martha's Vineyard Beaches

EDGARTOWN (CBS) -- Some Martha's Vineyard beaches are closed to swimming until further notice due because of sightings of a "dangerous" jellyfish-like creature. Portuguese man o' war are currently prevalent in the waters around the island, officials say.

The Edgartown Parks Department closed South Beach to swimming Thursday due to "large amounts" of the man o'war washing up on the beach.

"These jellyfish can be very dangerous and their sting can last for several hours," the department said.

Many of these jellyfish have washed up on South beach today. Swimmers should pay close attention when in the water. The sting from them is very painful.

Posted by Edgartown Parks Department on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Elsewhere on the island, Long Point and Trustees properties on Chappaquiddick are closed to swimming because of the man o'war, The Martha's Vineyard Times reports.

"Swimmers should pay close attention when in the water," Edgartown officials cautioned.


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