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What's worse than an jellyfish infestation ruining your beach day? An infestation of jelly-monsters whose sting can be fatal!
East Coast beaches have been the unfortunate destination of strange marine animals called Man O' War, due to strong winds and the Gulf Stream current carrying them from their native Portuguese waters!
For the past several weeks, these large, colorful siphonophores have been spotted along the beaches in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey -- where lifeguards cautioned swimmers by issuing water hazards.
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Man O' War are usually mistaken for jellyfish, but are far more venomous and their tentacles are capable of stretching as long as 165 feet!
Matthew Landau, a professor of Marine Science at Stockton University, explained that to humans, a Man O' War sting can be fatal even when they appear to be dead. He explains:
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