Cape Cod beach closed to swimming after ‘a number’ of Portuguese men-of-war sightings

CHATHAM – Harding’s Beach in Chatham was temporarily closed to swimming on Saturday. Officials called after “a number of Man O’Wars came ashore”, the city tweeted.

The Portuguese Man-of-War is a dangerous jellyfish-like creature.

The beach will reopen for swimming at 4 p.m.

Earlier this year the Department of Conservation and Recreation issued a warning about the man of war after a sighting on a Westport beach. The agency posted purple flags on the beach, which indicate the presence of dangerous marine animals.

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