Be careful at the beach!

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) says they've seen an increase in man o' war on the beaches.

For those who are unfamiliar with man o' war ( like me and are notherners),  they are not a type of jellyfish (even though they look like them.) Instead, they are considered to be siphonophores which mean they have tentacles that will give you a painful sting that could last up to TWO HOURS if you come into contact with one.  Also, man o' war don’t swim; they travel with the current.

Read the post below for important information.

Some people were stung while swimming, others stung when they tried to pick up or touch the man o' war. One of the people include a 15 year old boy who had to be taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

In a Facebook post Saturday, SJCFR said the increase in these creatures is due to the persistent onshore flow over the past few days.