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Portuguese man-of-war alert issued for Edgartown beach

South Beach is open again, but risk remains

Officials on Martha’s Vineyard are cautioning beachgoers to beware of the painful stings of the Portuguese man-of-war.

South Beach in Edgartown was closed at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday because a flurry of men-of-war — purplish balloon-like creatures — were spotted at the beach, said Marilyn Wortman, Edgartown parks administrator.

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