Public warned vs men-o-war jellyfish

Posted on Dec 31 2020

A beach hazards statement is now in effect on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota until Tuesday afternoon due to the presence of Indo-Pacific men-o-war jellyfish, which pose a danger to the public.

Based on the information received from the National Weather Service in Guam and compiled at the CNMI Emergency Operations Center State Warning Point, men-o-war jellyfish will be present along northeast, east and southeast facing shores of the Marianas through Tuesday afternoon.

Contact with Indo-Pacific men-o-war, alive or dead, can cause extreme pain and may be fatal in some cases.

NWS Guam has received reports of these men-o-war washing up on Tarague and Tank beaches, and Jeff`s pirates cove.

CNMI residents are being advised to stay out of the water, especially along northeast, east and southeast-facing beaches and reef lines. If men-o-war are not found along the beach, they could still be out in the water.

Avoid making contact with men-o-war that have washed up on beaches, especially when bubbles can be seen. If stung, take out the tentacles, wash the wound with vinegar and then treat with heat pack. (PR)

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