India

Poisonous organism found on Goa beach

It looks like jellyfish and can deliver a powerful sting to sea bathers.

Panaji: Clusters of `Portuguese-Man-Of-War’, a venomous marine organism which looks like the jellyfish, have been spotted at Baga beach in Goa, a private lifeguard agency said on Saturday.

As the organism can deliver a powerful sting to sea bathers, the agency has alerted the state tourism department and advised people not to venture into the sea. “Drishti Marine lifeguards spotted a cluster of Portuguese-Man-Of-War, a jelly-like marine organism commonly known as Bluebottle or Floating Terror washed ashore on Baga beach,” said a spokesperson of the agency whose life-guards are deployed on the beaches in the state.

“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 agency said in a release.

 

RELATED ITEMS:
Show More