Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish spotted in Bracklesham

We received a report on Thursday 12 October from a member of the public that eight jellyfish had washed up on the beach at East Bracklesham Drive.

Our Foreshores team has been down to investigate and has confirmed that they are Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish. They have removed them from the beach, but they are keeping a close eye on the situation in case more 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.

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.