More than just invading the beaches of North Ambergris Caye, an even more dangerous marine creature is invading the shores of the entire island. Hundreds of Portuguese Man-O-War have been spotted wading in the shallow waters of our shores and washing onto our beaches this week. If you are heading out to the sea, please be careful of these beautifully and brightly colored jellyfish which are characterized by a purple bubble floating on the surface with long (up to 8ft) dark purple tentacles underwater. These are capable of very nasty stings; they should be avoided in the water and also on the beach. And just in case you become an unfortunate victim, some warm urine does help, we are assured by Islanders, and a visit to the doctor is recommended. But you can’t miss them. They are beautifully noticeable.
Photo by Delsie Graniel