I'm usually a lurker here, but I thought some of you might have some fun with this one. Portuguese man-of-war wash up in Hamptons Originally published: July 2, 2013 1:40 PM Updated: July 2, 2013 2:05 PM By DAVID M. SCHWARTZ firstname.lastname@example.org Photo credit: Doug Kuntz | Venomous Portuguese man-of-war, native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, have washed up in the Hamptons. (July 1, 2013) Several venomous Portuguese man-of-war have washed ashore on Southampton beaches, the first time the large stinging jellyfish-like species has been seen in the area in about a decade, a town official said Tuesday. Eric Shultz, president of the Southampton Town Trustees, said eight of them, between 8 inches and 10 inches in diameter, were found this weekend by volunteers monitoring piping plovers. Shultz, who heads the board that oversees the Southampton coastline, said there were no reports of injuries and he wasn't concerned about the carnivorous man-of-war impacting tourism before the July Fourth holiday weekend. "If there were thousands of them, I'd be concerned. But there are eight in 26 miles of beach. It's not a huge influx," he said. Five man-of-war were on a beach in East Quogue. One was in Southampton Village; and two were in Sagaponack. A few more were found in East Hampton, Shultz said. He said he last remembers a Portuguese man-of-war on the Southampton beaches about 10 years ago. Schultz attributed the mostly tropical species washing ashore on Long Island to recent storms that pushed them off the Gulf Stream. There were no reports of anyone being stung, but he posted photos to the trustee's Facebook page to warn people to stay away from the them. Even dead, they could still sting, Shultz said. His biggest surprise is the attention they've gotten. "We got 20,000 hits on our Facebook page," he said. "I've never seen anything like it."