Man-O’ War makes annual visit to Guam

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Photo Credit Jeff Pleadwell

Guam – According to Jeff Pleadwell, a resident of Ipan, Talofofo since 1975 and Captain of Jeff’s Pirates Cove, there have been sightings of Men-O’ War in the waters of Ipan.

Often mistaken as a jellyfish, the Man-O’War is found mostly in tropical and subtropical seas. Men-O’ War are propelled by winds and ocean currents alone, and sometimes float in legions of 1,000 or more.

The Man-O’ War usually floats up six inches above the surface while its long tentacles extend an average of 30 feet but can extend up to 100 feet below the surface.

Captain Pleadwell urges parents to keep their children out of the water as the Man-O’ War is capable of delivering painful stings which can cause welts on skin. If the venom travels to the lymph nodes it may cause symptoms that mimic an allergic reaction including swelling of your airways, airway blockage, cardiac distress, and an inability to breathe. Other symptoms can include fever and shock.