Lifeguards warn of man o’ war sighting on Tybee

ByWTOC Staff|June 12, 2020 at 10:10 AM EDT - Updated June 12 at 10:23 AM

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) - Tybee Lifeguards are sending out a warning to beachgoers.

A Portuguese man o’ war was spotted on Tybee Beach. Lifeguards say if you are on the beach and see one, please leave it alone and contact a lifeguard or the Tybee Island Fire Department. They say if you get stung by one, clean the area with vinegar and then apply a warm pad/towel or warm water across the area.

Tybee officials say man-o-wars look like a bag floating on the water. Its tentacle pieces can still be active for days after the man-o-war dies. They say it’s a very intense sting and pain can last for a few hours.

So far, Tybee Lifeguards say they have only seen one wash ashore. However, sightings have recently been reported on several South Carolina beaches.

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