Lifeguards spotted a cluster of the Portuguese man-of-war, commonly known as bluebottle, washed ashore along the Candolim-Sinquerim beach stretch yesterday.
A lifeguard agency in Panaji has advised people not to venture into the sea in the Candolim-Sinquerim beach belt where it has spotted Portuguese man-of-war, a marine creature with venomous tentacles.
The lifeguards spotted a cluster of the Portuguese man-of-war, commonly known as bluebottle, washed ashore along the Candolim-Sinquerim beach stretch yesterday, Drishti Lifesaving agency said in a release issued in Panaji.
“The jelly-like marine organisms spotted were less than an inch in size. Drishti Lifesaving has alerted the tourism department about the same,” it said.
The sea creature, having long tentacles that can deliver a painful sting, is found in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Indian and the Pacific Oceans.
Drishti has therefore advised locals as well as tourists not to venture into the waters along the Candolim-Sinquerim stretch in North Goa.
“The jellyfish are of two kinds – toxic and non-toxic. While most jellyfish stings are harmless to humans and cause only a mild irritation, species like bluebottle are venomous and can cause harm on contact,” the release said.
It said that wading into the waters is not advisable during the monsoon months as the sea and weather conditions are not favourable for swimming.
What to do if you get stung by a bluebottle?
“Bluebottle stings can induce a potential anaphylactic or severe reaction in some people, particularly if there is any immune compromise.
“If you get a series of stings or if you get stung around the airway, you can get some swelling and some possible airway compromise.”
It was important to remove the affected person from the water and perform basic first aid as soon as possible, and call emergency services if necessary.
WHAT TO DO
Rinse area with seawater to remove remaining stings, place in hot water.
Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage and get to hospital