This Horrifying Creature Has Been Washing Up On The Jersey Shore

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If you thought cicadas were terrifying, then you”re not going to like what”s happening in New Jersey right now. Residents in the Garden State are finding jellyfish-like creatures known as Portuguese man o” wars all over the coastline, and needless to say, people are panicking.

Why? Well, for starters, a sting from one of these guys could land you in the morgue.

The man o” war often gets mistaken for a jellyfish, but it”s an entirely different organism.

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That”s because they”re made up of tiny organisms called zooids. The zooids attach to one another and form a larger colonial animal.

Though they might look compact, the tentacles on these creepy critters can measure up to 30 feet in length.

Though they might look compact, the tentacles on these creepy critters can measure up to 30 feet in length.

While intense pain and burning are more common symptoms of a man o” war sting, humans have been killed by these creatures in the past.

Man o” wars are carnivorous, but they”re not going to eat you.

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Sure, they can grow to ungodly sizes, but they usually stick to small fish and plankton.

Although they”re most often associated with the warm waters along Portugal”s coastline, man o” wars can be found almost anywhere.

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They”re now showing up one by one in New Jersey, as evidenced by multiple sightings. Some attribute their arrival with a shift in migratory patterns.

For a closer look at this sea monster, check out the video below:

And you may want to avoid the Jersey Shore for a bit until this clears up.

Not even New Yorkers are safe from the dreaded man o” war! This one was recently spotted on Fire Island.

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A photo posted by @colleenmacklin on

(source: NBC New York, Gothamist)

A man o” war sting reportedly feels much worse than that of a jellyfish, so if you see one on shore, stay away. More of these nasty creatures are turning up every day, so keep your eyes peeled…because they show no sign of stopping.

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