Portuguese man-of-war washes up on Galveston beach

Photo by Fresco user Kieu Bromley

Portuguese man-of-war are washing up on Galveston beach. You check them out for yourself if you head out to Galveston, but be sure to keep your distance. Man-of-war have a painful sting.

Man-of-war are a transparent blue or purple color with long tentacles. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, man-of-war begin to wash up on Texas beaches from spring to late summer. They warn against touching a washed up man-of-war, because the stinging cells on their tentacles can remain active even if the rest of the man-of-war is dead.