“Wall to wall man-of-war” in Florida: “I’ve never seen this many ever — I’ve been out here for 24 years” says lifeguard (VIDEOS)

Not a good day for a dip; man-of-war, sharks menace Palm Beach County beaches, Palm Beach Post, February 4, 2011:

Forget the sharks. Worry about the man-of-war. …

“It’s extreme. It is wall-to-wall man-of-war,” 14-year veteran Heather Irurzun, an ocean rescue supervisor in Delray Beach, said this morning. “I’ve never seen it this bad.”

Man-of-war sting hundreds on South Florida beaches
, Sun Sentinel, February 5, 2011

In Fort Lauderdale alone, 212 beachgoers were stung on Friday and 261 on Saturday…

Portuguese man-of-war piled up on the beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties…

“It would have been far, far worse, but we were all up and down the beach keeping people out of the water,” said Lt. Jim McCrady of Fort Lauderdale’s Ocean Rescue. “I’ve never seen this many ever. I’ve been out here for 24 years.”

7 comments to “Wall to wall man-of-war” in Florida: “I’ve never seen this many ever — I’ve been out here for 24 years” says lifeguard (VIDEOS)

  • Chelsea

    I used to visit these beaches every year, right around this time… from 1998 to 2004. Florida was a second home to me when my Grandparents traveled down there from Ohio for half the year (to avoid the cold weather, of course). I’ve been on these beaches numerous, numerous times, and my Grandpa and I used to go actively looking for all sorts of things. I can honestly say I’ve seen ONE man o’ war, a very small one at that (possibly a baby that just didn’t make it), in all that time I’ve spent on those beaches.

    This is just inconceivable to me. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been stung; it’s absolutely excruciating and can kill you. I still can’t wrap my head around what has been done to our waters. 🙁

  • soozla

    I know Chelsea and it is so painful to move so pressingly to try and get some facts to the people.
    Some of this is so painful.. it becomes unimaginable –because it’s too hard to accept.
    The people can’t afford that very long.

  • matthew

    On beach drive in panama city two weeks ago I walked the shore and their was two types of jelly fish washed on the shore, maybe a hundred plus. Newspaper reported dozens of star fish in saint Andrews st. Park, said the cause was cold weather or that they where all born on the same day so they died the same day…since when does star fish have synchronized life spans. The article also said it was very, very unlikely oil spill had anything to do with it.

  • matthew

    Although no test where done, ofcourse – why not I don’t – but they should have been.

  • This needs to be made a LEGAL MATTER. Where the (EPA or NOAA) Agencies cannot just lie and obscure the truth. Within so many SQ-miles of A Public Beach, and said time frequency, the Government can be Legally Required to Test all Questionable Matter – by independent laboratory source- and this only takes a local petition and a couple lawyers.

    Cold Weather, NO Excuse, only Tests Confirm.

  • Jean

    The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection hasn’t posted any water testing results since September. When the worst of the oil spill was going on last summer, on the Dept. of Health intranet, they posted water and air sample results from CTEH, a BP contractor. Of course the results weren’t in the unacceptable range.

  • xdrfox

    Guide to Finding a Clean Beach… LOL
    To Gulf Oil Spill on Friday, August 20, 2010 … http://beforeitsnews.com/story/144/332/Guide_to_Finding_a_Clean_Beach…_LOL.html

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