Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish spotted in Bracklesham and East Wittering

We received a report on Friday 24 November from a member of the public that some jellyfish had washed up on the beach at Bracklesham and East Wittering.

Our Foreshores team has been down to investigate and has confirmed that they are Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish. They have removed at least ten from a two-mile stretch of beach and are currently checking the rest of the area to see if there are any more.

We have placed warning signs along the beach and have also notified the local businesses that are very close to the beach. We will be keeping a close eye on the situation in case any more jellyfish appear.

The main bathing season is over, but we would urge surfers and people who still swim in the sea at this time of the year to be extra careful when in the water. We also suggest that dog owners keep their animals on a lead as a precaution for the next couple of days.

We think they were washed up as a result of the strong southerly winds experienced yesterday.

If you spot this type of jellyfish, we would advise that you leave the water and report the sighting by contacting us on 01243 785166.

This type of jellyfish can cause a reaction which in extremely rare cases can be fatal.

Reports of Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish near our coastline are very rare, but usually occur earlier in the year. We know there have been recent reports in places such as Cornwall and Wales.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation.