Don’t take the Portugese man of war jellyfish lightly.
A number of local divers and swimmers have reported being stung by the jellyfish and its quite painful.
The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources issued a public announcement earlier this week about 100s of Portugese man of war jellyfish seen on beaches on Tutuila
The first sighting was in the southern area and reports from the National Park of American Samoa show that the northern shores have also been infested.
One of the problems with identifying the jellyfish stings is that the detached tentacles may drift for days in the water, and the swimmer may not have any idea that they have been stung by a man o’ war.
Residents and beachgoers at Coconut Point, Nuuuli say the beach is lined with a thick layer of blue man o’ war jellyfish
Marine Ecologist at the National Park of American Samoa, Dr. Tim Clark, who has been investigating the infestation of jellyfish with his crew, says the public should not take the man of war jellyfish lightly.