If you were planning a trip anywhere along the eastern coast this summer you need to be wary of something terrible called a Portugese man-of-war. They are related to jellyfish and sort of look like blue condoms filled with air.
While it looks interesting it can be a terrible thing for your health and wellness. These sea creatures have been popping up around Charleston as well as Myrtle Beach. They can be both in the water and on the sand. They essentially look like pretty blue or purple-ish bubbles floating on the surface of the water. However, they have long dark purple tentacles hanging down them.
These tentacles are what make them so dangerous. They are full of venom and deliver a very painful sting. No matter where you find them you should not go near them. No matter how dead they appear to be they can still sting you after being washed up for days.
These stings can and will cause painful red welts, cardiac distress, shock, and in some an allergic reaction that leads to trouble breathing and for those extreme cases, paralysis and death are both quite possible. If you are stung by one of these please refrain from peeing on the affected area it will only make things worse get a cold compress and seek medical attention. Check out the video below for more information, stay safe!