Sightings of the toxic Portugese man-of-war have been reported over the past week or so in the Achill, Clew Bay and Louisburg areas of Co Mayo.

Swimmers, beach walkers and those involved in water sports are advised to be aware of the dangers of being stung by the sea creatures, which have washed up along the west coast since Storm Lorenzo passed over Ireland earlier this month.

The Portugese man-of-war looks like an air-filled balloon with poisonous tendrils.

Dave Wall of Biodiversity Ireland says children and animals should be kept away from the jelly-fish-like creatures, as they can sting for up to a week after washing ashore.

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