There's a new fish in town and no, it's not friendly. <small> Cover image via Write Work New Straits Time </small>
Recently, a new species of jellyfish washed up on the shores of Pantai Pulau Kekabu in Marang, Terengganu
New Straits Times reported that 11 marine hydrozoan species (<i>Physalia physalis</i>), also known as the deadly Portuguese Man O'War jellyfish, were found along the beach in Marang.
According to the Civil Defence Force (APM) officer Captain Mohd Zabri, several Australian tourists who were at the beach spotted the jellyfish.
“Apart from the 11 already dead along the beach, 10 more were found in the water. We have advised the locals including tourists to be careful and stay away from the water,” Zabri said.
Following the sightings, a Facebook page has taken the initiative to warn the locals
The species, whose feeding tentacles can go up to 160 feet long, are usually found in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean
A research by Oceana, found that the feeding tentacles contain toxins such as venom. These tentacles deliver a powerful sting and are also used for defence against predators.
The deadly jellyfish stings even after they die. So, if you see one dead on the shore, do not touch it.
This is not the first time locals have seen these venomous species
Capt Mohd Zabri mentioned that apart from Pantai Pulau Kekabu, the species have also been spotted at Pantai Batu Buruk in Kuala Terengganu.
Meanwhile, METMalaysia has issued a warning about the dangerous conditions affecting the waters in Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang, and east Johor:
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