High Numbers Of Portuguese Man O'War Wash Up On Scilly's Shoreline

High numbers of Portuguese Man O’War have been sighted in waters around Scilly and a vast number have washed up on our beaches over the last week.

Around 50 varying in size between 3 and 10 inches were sighted around the coast of St Mary’s between Porthellick and Pelistry by Nikki Banfield, Communications Officer for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. 

Nikki came in to the Studio and spoke to Will on Friday’s Morning show to talk about this fascinating species.

Photos courtesy of BareFoot Photographer (@BareFoot_IOS)

Photos courtesy of BareFoot Photographer (@BareFoot_IOS)

According to Nikki,” They’re usually further South and the way the wind is and the way the weather we’ve been having recently, and the fact they’ve been doing very well in their natural environment and they’re now drifting up this way". 

One of the big misconceptions is that Portuguese Man O’War are a type of Jellyfish. In fact it’s not even an it, it’s a they.

Portuguese Man O’War are in fact a group of organisms known as Marine Hydrozone and it’s a member of the Physaliidae family.

They come in different shades of colour making them at times hard to distinguish. Their tentacles can stretch over 10 meters long and there sting is very painful and in extreme cases can prove fatal.

You can here more about Portuguese Man O’War and hear Will’s full interview with Nikki Banfield, Communications Officer for the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust below.