EMERALD ISLE — Town police on Wednesday reported seeing a number of venomous Portuguese man-of-wars on the beach, after a couple of days of strong southwest winds.
Police and town officials warned on Facebook that beachgoers should not touch the stranded marine creatures, whether they are dead or alive, because even dead ones can sting.
The police department posted a photo showing more than a dozen of the man-of-wars, which are sometimes confused with jellyfish, scattered across several feet of shoreline.
The sting of the man-of-war is very painful but is rarely deadly to humans.
As of Thursday, there were no reports of anyone being stung on the Emerald Isle beach.