Lifeguards in Phuket have issued warnings that there is evidence of the presence of the feared Portuguese man o’ war in the region.
Although many believe Portuguese Man O’ War is a jelly fish it is in fact siphonophore but it does inflict an incredibly painful and sometimes fatal sting.
The tentacles often detach from the man o’ war and float in the water, meaning many people who are stung, do not realise what has actually caused their pain.
Stings cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin. The pain can last from a few hours to three days.
In some cases, the venom travels to the lymph nodes and victims suffer swelling of the larynx, leading to breathing difficulties, cardiac distress and fever.
People have died as a result of the sting but it is rare for fatalities to occur.
Nevertheless, coming onto contact with one of these creatures could spoil your holiday, so be careful.
Source : Thaivisa
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