In this area (New England) in the past week there have been some sightings of Portuguese men-of-war. One guy was very badly stung all over his body but he lived to tell the tail. (I understand that at one point, he would have rather been dead, the stings are so painful.)
On the news I heard of that one encounter. My GF’s sister claims that hundreds have been sighted. A life guard said that “some” have been spotted.
Now here’s the thing – you’ll pry my summer away from my cold, dead, possibly stung hands. I will go in the water this summer, as often as I can. But am I a fool for doing so? Are there certain signs I should look for, such as onshore breezes? How tough are these things to spot? (I understand that 15cm across on the bell is pretty large, so that’s pretty small in choppy water.) What are the chances of getting stung by a dislogded tentacle?
Is my best bet to develop a deep-seated irrational fear of the ocean, or just say screw it and have fun?