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HORSESHOE BAY BEACH CLOSED DUE TO INCREASE IN PORTUGUESE MAN OF WARS

HORSESHOE BAY BEACH CLOSED DUE TO INCREASE IN PORTUGUESE MAN OF WARS

The Ministry of the Environment, Department of Parks, wishes to advise the public that Horseshoe Bay Beach was closed to bathers at 2.00 p.m. today.

Current onshore wind conditions have caused an increased presence of Portuguese Man-of-War (PMOW) jellyfish. Lifeguards have hoisted two red flags at the tower indicating that conditions are too dangerous for swimming. PMOW signs have been placed along the beach and lifeguards are advising beach patrons through informal contact.  Lifeguards will continue to assess the situation and advise the public accordingly.

The Ministry wishes to advise the swimming public to take extreme care while in or near the ocean over the next few days. PMOW can be identified by their bluish, gas filled float on top of the water, but  their long tentacles are often not seen under the surface.  PMOW can cause extremely painful strings. Members of the public are advised to stay away from them and to avoid touching them, even if they are on land, as the tentacles can still be very venomous.

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