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Dangerous jellyfish species spotted in Sisal, Yucatan

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Yucatan Coast Living-Sisal“, is a group of Canadian citizens, that came to Sisal from Mérida and other parts of Mexico, and decided to move their families there and get back to basics, seeking a low stress life.

The group spread the news of the finding of a rare jellyfish species known as “Carabela Portuguesa” or Portuguese man o’ war, at the seashore of Sisal. The “Carabela Portuguesa” is formed by a series of living organisms, that is to say “an animal composed of colonial organisms that come together as one.”

The Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the man-of-war, is a marine hydrozoan of the family Physaliidae found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its long tentacles deliver a painful sting, which is venomous and powerful enough to kill fish or, rarely, humans.

The contact with its tentacles causes intense pain, which usually leads to the formation of blisters; the puncture can also cause abdominal pain, changes in the pulse, pain in the chest, headache, muscle pain and spasms, numbness and weakness, pain in the arms and legs, red spots on the skin, nasal discharge and watery eyes, difficulty swallowing and sweating, as reported by “Yucatan Coast Living-Sisal”.

In case of bieng stung, the person needs to seek immediate medical attention.

In the same publication, Yucatan resident Gilberto Irigoyen Irigoyen reported having seen three specimens of this species three weeks ago in Telchac Puerto.

TYT Newsroom with information from noticaribe.com.mx

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