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Portuguese Man O' War spotted at local beaches

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WESTPORT, Mass. -

The Portuguese Man O' War is one of the ocean's strangest looking creatures, but also one of the ocean's most dangerous to humans.

Westport Harbormaster Richie Earle says there have been some Man O' War sightings around his town in the past few weeks. One sighting came when a couple of them were spotted in the West River during high tide. They were also seen in parts of Westport Harbor near the Howland Beach Properties, and in the past few days, swimmers here at Horseneck Beach reported possible stings from the creatures.

NBC 10 was at Horseneck Beach where there are warnings posted all over the place, but swimmers say they're not too worried about it, they're just gonna keep their eyes out.

These man o' wars are fairly easy to spot. They are a brilliant blue in color and have a fin that catches the wind which allows them to be carried on or near the surface of the water while their tentacles drag below the surface. Although they can't live out of the water, it's important to stay away from them on the beach because their tentacles can still sting you.

If you are stung by a Man O' War, it is recommended to wash the area liberally with salt water if medical attention is not immediately available; also many state beach and private beach lifeguards are trained to treat Man O' War stings.

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