A large amount of small Portuguese Man O’ War have been washing up on South Padre Island and Boca Chica beaches.
They are a jellyfish-like creature that will can cause a painful sting if you come in contact with them. They are still able to sting you after they have washed up so exercise caution around these creatures.
The sting typically comes from contact with the tentacles. On land the tentacles seem short, but under water that could be several feet.
“Just because it’s washed up on the beach and dead, it does not mean it can’t hurt you. The stingers are very much active and if you come in contact with them it’s going to hurt,” say Cameron County Beach Patrol.
County Officials will not have them removed them from beaches. The tides or predators like turtles and birds often remove them.