Pacific Man-o-Wars spotted along east side

30 January 2014

Guam EPA staff observed Pacific Man-o-War washed up on shore at multiple beaches on the east side of the island today.

Pacific Man o’ War can be blown toward the island by strong offshore winds and can cause painful stings. The animals are small and appear like an inflated blue plastic bag connected to blue strings. These tentacles can sting even after the animal is dead and washed up on shore.

The public is advised to avoid walking or swimming in beach areas where the Pacific Man-o-war have been spotted. If you are stung by a Pacific Man-o-war flush the area with salt water or vinegar and remove any remaining pieces of tentacle.

For more information, or to report sightings of Pacific Man-o-wars please contact Guam EPA at 300-4751/52/53/61, 988-7582 or email tammyjoanderson.taft@epa.guam.gov.