On Saturday, something at Mumbai’s Marine Drive and Girgaum beach terrified people. It was a not-so-commonly seen sea creature known as Portuguese man-of-war (common name Blue Bottle) which created bewilderment for passers-by.
The Portuguese man-of-war is a venomous colonial marine organism. Police authorities at the beach have been trying to keep the crowd away from the sea, while many curious visitors tried to touch the organism, unaware of the fact that their sting is venomous.
“There is a lack of awareness about marine life among the public and the authorities,” said marine conservationist Pradip Patade, as per a report. Pradip is associated with an initiative known as Marine Life Of Mumbai (MLOM). He added,
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Officials from the public health and fisheries departments should monitor city beaches during the monsoons and take necessary measures to avoid accidents.
The organisms are found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Their venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting.
Despite its physical appearance, the Blue Bottle is not a jellyfish but a Siphonophore. It is mostly found on the surface of the ocean. Though a common sight during the Monsoons, they can prove to be dangerous even if they are dead. As they wash off the sea shore, they usually die, however, the sting remains poisonous.
As per the report, assistant Commissioner (D ward) Devidas Kshirsagar said the fisheries and the public health department of the BMC will be informed and important measures will be taken.