WESTPORT (CBS) – What began as a beautiful beach day at Horseneck Beach in Westport ended with 12 people getting stung by Portuguese man-of-wars.
“We had several people get stung, “ said DCR lifeguard Sean Sweeney. “So we’re telling people to just keep a sharp eye out.”
The man-of-war normally resides in warm water, but a strong southerly wind likely carried them to the shores of Horseneck Beach.
The creature is like a jellyfish, but not exactly. It has long, venomous tentacles that can cause a lot of pain if they come in contact with skin.
Beachgoers today were aware the man-of-wars were around, but it didn’t stop anyone from going in the ocean.
“No, I’m aware there’s stuff in the ocean, but I still want to swim,” said one woman.
“I’m looking…and if I see one, I’ll go the other way!” another beachgoer quipped.