Portuguese man o’war spotted near Orange Beach

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WIAT) — Beachgoers down on the Gulf Coast should take extra caution. 

In Orange Beach, there were purple flags flying Friday signifying a dangerous marine life warning was in effect. A Portuguese Man O’War was spotted in the area. Often mistaken as a jellyfish, the organism is poisonous and not something you would want to run into out in the water. 

The venomous jellyfish-like creature is capable of stinging even weeks after washing up on shore. 

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