Portuguese Man O' War make their way to South Carolina shores

National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation

Folly Beach, SC (WDBJ/WLTX) - Officials say Portuguese Man O' War have been spotted around Folly Beach.

In a Facebook post, the City of Folly Beach says they have received reports of stings and attacks on the beach.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Portuguese man o’ war has venomous tentacles capable of paralyzing and killing small fish and crustaceans. While the man o’ war’s sting is rarely deadly to people, it packs a painful punch and causes welts on exposed skin.

The Facebook post also advised that is a person is stung, the recommended treatment is vinegar and warmth, medical treatment if necessary.