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Urgent warning for dog owners as deadly ‘Floating Terror’ washes up on beaches

DOG owners are being warned about a potentially deadly sea creature washing up on beaches.

The life-threatening Portuguese man O’War has been spotted on the coast in North Wales after three named storms blanketed England in a week.

Urgent warning has been issued to dog owners about'Floating Terror'

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Urgent warning has been issued to dog owners about ‘Floating Terror’Credit: Alamy

Often confused with jellyfish, marine hydrozoans, also known as mandarins, are commonly found in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Once they hit the sand, the tiny creatures can look like plastic or a dead animal, attracting the attention of dogs and children.

Locals at the beaches of Tywyn and Harlech have spotted major storms washed away and are warning people to exercise caution.

Hilary Rowlands, a member of Tywyn Beach Guardians, said she never walks her dog along the beaches after a storm because you never know what could be washed away.

“When they’re young, they’re one of those things you can easily pick up without thinking about it,” she said.

“Dogs prowling the beach can bite them or pick up one.

“They can look like marine litter – they are nasty little things in disguise.

“Even if these are washed away, and even if they don’t look like a giant jellyfish, they are still capable of delivering a powerful sting.

“If you have a dog that is overzealous, your walks may not be happy.”

The Portuguese Man-O-War has ribbon-like tassels that can extend up to 165 feet below the surface of the water – however, more commonly, they average 30 feet long.

The tentacles are covered in venom-filled nematodes – an explosive cell used for stinging – which they use to paralyze and kill fish.

War stings are extremely painful for humans and can lead to death in extremely rare cases.

Williams veterinary surgeons, whose operations in Tywyn, Cemmaes Road and Barmouth have shared images of a washed-up fight to Facebook.

They wrote: “Please be careful when walking your dog at this time.

“The bad weather took a toll on these dogs – they were seen on Tywyn beach. So be aware as they will also be on other local beaches.

“They can really cause some serious problems for our doggie friends if ingested or stung by them.”

What was the Man-O-Portuguese Battle?

The Portuguese Man-O-War gets its name from an 18th century armed galleon because it has the shape of a ship at full sail.

Also known as man-made, they have long, thin, ribbon-like tassels that can extend up to 165 feet below the surface of the water – however, more commonly, they average 30 feet tall.

The tentacles are covered in venom-filled nematodes – an explosive cell used for stinging – which they use to paralyze and kill fish.

War stings are extremely painful for humans and can lead to death in extremely rare cases.

It has four specific sections, each responsible for a specific task.

These are species that float, capture, feed, and reproduce.

Also known as ‘Floating Terror’, the sea creature is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore.

They are found mostly in tropical and subtropical seas, driven by winds and ocean currents.

The Portuguese Battle of Man-O-War could emerge with legions of 1,000 or more men.

The Portuguese Man-O-War has ribbon-like tassels that usually average 30 feet long

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The Portuguese Man-O-War has ribbon-like tassels that usually average 30 feet longCredits: Rex Features

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