Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cocoa Beach Jellyfish Report March 2017

Portuguese Man-of-War

COCOA BEACH, Florida - As of March 26, 2017, Jellyfish, including Portuguese Man-of-War have re-appeared along Brevard County beaches over the last few days and are stinging unsuspecting Spring Breakers. 

An extended period of strong easterly winds have been blowing the Portuguese Man-of-War jelly fish onto the popular tourist beaches just when Spring Break 2017 peaks. 

Cocoa Beach Jellyfish Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, strong easterly =winds will continue for the next few days. So, there will be a strong chance that Portuguese Man-of-War will remain on Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral beaches through at least Thursday.

How To Identify Portuguese Man-of-War

The Portuguese Man-of-War can be identified from other jellyfish in Florida by its translucent blue and purple gas-filled air sac that helps them travel long distances across the ocean by acting as a wind-driven sail (technically, Portuguese Man-of-War aren't jellyfish but are instead a colony of small organisms called Siphonophorae).  

A violet-colored stinging tentacle cluster mass under the body can have tentacles that may extend up to ten or fifteen feet. These stinging, venom-filled tentacles are designed to paralyze small fish but can also deliver a powerful sting to humans who wade into the water or play on the beach.

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