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Portuguese caravels appear in Balneário Camboriú; see what to do when you find it

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Portuguese caravels appear in Balneário Camboriú;  see what to do when you find it

Anyone who walked along the sandy strip of Praia Central de Balneário Camboriú, on the North Coast of Santa Catarina, this Friday (2), came across Portuguese Caravels, a species of beings that live in colonies, that is, they are anatomically connected.

Portuguese caravels appear on the Central beach of Balneário Camboriú – Photo: Federico Argemi/Reproduction/ND

According to the city hall, with the high summer temperatures, the sea water also becomes warmer, favoring the emergence of jellyfish and caravels on the beaches of Santa Catarina.

Despite being beautiful, Caravels have toxins that burn the skin, which is why we warn you not to touch the animals. The Caravels are thrown onto the beach due to winds and currents. Natural and common phenomenon at this time of year.

Authorities warn bathers to avoid touching the organisms, as they release toxins, which can cause severe irritation, intense pain and burns.

The firefighter monitors the appearance of these animals and signals them with the purple flag, so that bathers are alert when entering the sea.

Portuguese caravels are the most dangerous – Photo: Reproduction/ Instagram Vida Marinha

What to do when you encounter Portuguese Caravels

According to Biologist Carla Rosário, Coordinator of the Praia Limpa project at the Oceanic Aquarium, Portuguese caravels (Physalia physalis) occur in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, being more frequent in the warm waters of tropical and sub-tropical regions.

The species is common on the North Coast of Santa Catarina. The organisms that form Portuguese Caravels live on the surface of the open sea and use currents and water movements to move around, and can appear on the coasts and beaches of Brazil.

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“They are organisms that have cells called cnidocytes, with the capacity to produce a stinging toxin and, through a structure/filament called a nematocyst, release the produced toxin. It is important to emphasize that they do not attack people, the toxin is released just by touching them”, explains Carla.

Portuguese Caravels are extremely important for the marine life food chain. “I’m very happy to know that we have caravels here, this means that they are surviving environmental impacts and that turtles are closer to our coast. Some species of sea turtles feed on cnidarians”, highlights Carla.

When encountering this animal on the beaches, it is very important not to touch them and be careful when entering the water not to touch them.

Beaches with the presence of jellyfish or Portuguese caravels are demarcated by the purple flag. In these cases, care must be taken. The animals attract attention due to their colors, but they should not be touched.

In cases of burns caused by these animals, firefighters recommend getting out of the water immediately and washing the area with sea water. The animal’s tentacles may become “stuck” in place, and can be removed with tweezers. After removal, it is recommended to also wash the area with vinegar.

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