Portuguese man-of-war show up on SC beach

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FOLLY BEACH, S.C. — Wildlife officials say Portuguese man-of-war are showing up off the South Carolina coast, equipped with long tentacles that carry a sting like fire.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported several of the jellyfish-like creatures have been spotted off the coast near Charleston. Officials have gotten reports on the animals from Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms and Dewees Island in the past week.

Mel Bell with the Natural Resources Department says it's unusual to find the tropical animals off the South Carolina coast. But Bell says they can be blown onshore from the Gulf Stream.

Julie Rawle of Charleston saw one off Folly Beach on Wednesday and said the part on top of the water was shiny and blue. The purple tentacles can be up to 60 feet long.

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Just My Opinion 06/10/11 - 10:04 pm
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Going to Hilton Head in a few

Going to Hilton Head in a few weeks. Y'all can expect a colony of these things to invade HH then. Oh, and you can also go ahead and expect the entire Southeast to be deluged in torrential rains lastly a constant week and a half! You're welcome :(

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