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One of the world’s most venomous marine species has been spotted on a West Kerry beach.

portugese man o war jellyfish

A Portuguese Man-O-War was identified on Clogher Strand on Slea Head yesterday evening.

They have also been sighted in the waters off the Blasket Islands.

A sting from a Portuguese Man-O-War leaves a welt-like red mark on the skin.

The venom can travel to the lymph nodes and in some cases induce an allergic reaction.

Prevailing southerly winds from Spain and Africa could bring more of these creatures on-shore in Kerry in the coming weeks.

Animal curator at Dingle Oceanworld Louise Overy says Portuguese Men-O-War pack a nasty sting and should be avoided: