Portuguese man o’ war warning

Large numbers of Portuguese caravels in Madeira and the Azores

Portuguese man o' warThe Diario reports that the Portuguese Weather/Sea Institute has warned of significant numbers of the species Physalia physalis, also known as the Portuguese Caravel or “Portuguese man o’ war”, in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores.

As April moved into May this year, numerous Portuguese caravels were found in the bathing area of ​​Praia Formosa (below), and there were also reports that others were spotted in many other coastal areas of Madeira.

The Physalia physalis species is currently occurring in large quantities, particularly in the Azores (Faial, Terceira and S. Miguel islands) and Madeira, where it has also been seen, albeit in smaller quantities.

In the Azores (island of S. Miguel) there are also sightings of jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) and in the Portuguese continent, there are many sailboats (Velella velella).

Praia Formosa where Portuguese man o' war were spotted at the start of this monthAmong the species that occur in Portugal, the Portuguese Caravel is the one that requires more caution. Influenced by winds and surface currents, it is often seen at this time of year. It features a blue balloon-shaped float and sometimes lilac and pink tones; its tentacles can reach 30m in length and are very stinging, capable of causing severe burns. Therefore, it is important to remember that one should not touch the tentacles, even when the Portuguese caravel appears to be dead on the beach.

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