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Here Are The Most Dangerous Animals Roaming The Lands Of North Carolina

Yesterday, I stumbled on this article reporting how the venomous, portuguese man-o-war had recently washed up on the shores of Wrightsville Beach. It was not reported exactly how many man-o-war washed up, but last year 20-30 were found on Corolla Beach.

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The man-of-war are commonly mistaken for a jellyfish, when in reality there is no “it” there is only a “they.” The Portuguese man-of-wars are a¬†siphonophore, an animal that is made up of a collective group of organisms working together.

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They live in warm ocean waters, and travel in groups of up to 1,000. Their presence in North Carolina has been noted to be the result of strong easterly winds.

Their thin, long tendrils are covered with a venom-filled nematocysts used to paralyze fish and other small creatures. These tendrils average around 30ft. but can reach to 175ft.

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Just one single sting from a man-o-war is exctuatingly painful to a human. So, try to imagine 1,000 stings all at once. Swarms of man-o-wars are clearly whats to be most feared of these creatures. And also, quite possibly how they got their rep as one of the scariest ‘not jellyfish’ in the sea.

After reading this article, I began to wonder….what other, pretty dangerous animals can be found in North Carolina? With the various landscape, climate, and mountains to coast there is some pretty diverse wildlife!

Have you ever encountered any of these dangerous animals, or have your own personal stories to share? Share below in the comments!

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com