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Venomous man-o-war wash up on North Carolina beach

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A Portuguese man-of-war (Wikipedia)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. — A number of Portuguese man o’ war have washed up on a North Carolina beach, according to WECT.

The TV station did not specifically say how many have recently washed up on Wrightsville Beach.

Late last year, between 20 and 30 washed up in Corolla and several others were spotted on beaches south into Nags Head.

Officials previously said the rare presence of the man-o-wars may be due to strong easterly winds blowing onshore for more than a week.

The Portuguese man o’ war  is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. It has venomous tentacles that deliver a painful sting.

It is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids.

The zooids are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are incapable of independent survival.