Portuguese Man O' Wars

Photo by Laurie Bender‎

Portuguese Man O’ Wars Are Washing Up In New Jersey

Over the past few days there have been these purple looking sea creatures washing up on our shores. There have been reports of them washing up from Cape May all the way up to Ocean City.

You all have been asking us questions on what this could be and so we did some digging.

These purple sea creatures are called Portuguese Man O’ War. The are normally found in the Caribbean and off the coast of Florida.

These Portuguese Man O’ War or Man of War, get caught in the gulf-stream and pushed by the current up the Eastern coast. When the current runs close to the shore this is when we see more and more of these creatures.

The Man of War can grow their tentacles to over 100 feet long.  The Man of War uses it’s long tentacles to sting and could be extremely painful. It is best if you stay away from them and DO NOT touch them!

It is not uncommon for Man of Wars to wash up on our shores through-out the summer.

Check out this BBC Earth video about the Portuguese Man O’ War below!

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About The Author

My name is Joey Contino. I am a big lover of anything Wildwood. I have lived and worked in Wildwood my whole life. I worked jobs from working on the beach renting umbrellas and chairs to being a supervisor at Morey's Piers. Wildwood is my life and my home!

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