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Thinking about taking a dip in the ocean anytime soon? If so, be on the lookout. Poisonous Portuguese Man-of-War’s have been spotted on the coast of South Carolina once again this summer season. A Portuguese Man-of-War is not a jellyfish, nor is it a singular creature. It is a colony of multiple organisms, called polyps, that are unable to survive without each other.
If you see one of these creatures lying on the beach, please do not touch it. Immediately seek help from a lifeguard or beach patrol, they will properly dispose of it. Even if it looks dried out and dead, these creatures are still extremely venomous, stepping on one or touching its tentacles will cause a sharp sting.