Date
20 September 2018
Netizens have uploaded on social media photos of fireworms caught at local beaches. Lido Beach in Tsuen Wan is said to have the most number of fireworms sighted. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
Netizens have uploaded on social media photos of fireworms caught at local beaches. Lido Beach in Tsuen Wan is said to have the most number of fireworms sighted. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Beachgoers warned of poisonous golden fireworms

A lifeguards’ union said fireworms had been sighted on some of the beaches of Hong Kong, and warned beachgoers to keep alert and stay away from these poisonous creatures, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Photos of fireworms, apparently found on the beaches of Cheung Chau, have been uploaded on social media. Sightings were also reported in Tuen Mun, Tsuen Wan and Islands District.

There have been no reported injuries so far. But according to information on the website of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the bristle-like feet of a golden fireworm are filled with venom, which can cause burning pain when touched.

The Hong Kong & Kowloon Life Guards’ Union said in a post on Facebook on June 11 that there have been quite a number of media reports about the massive appearance of fireworms on the beaches of Cheung Chau and Lantau.

The creatures were also spotted on the beaches of Tuen Mun, apparently the result of sea current, the union said.

According to the post, fireworms normally inhabit the sandy sea bottom, and as such, their appearance on beaches in a number of districts appears abnormal.

The union warned that people may feel pain if stung by the poisonous worm.

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has also warned that poisonous bristle worms known as golden fireworms recently showed up in a number of beaches in Hong Kong hk01.com reported.

The latest sightings were on some beaches in Tsuen Wan, the LCSD said. They were also spotted at the Golden Beach and Cafeteria Old Beach in Tuen Mun and the Main Beach in Stanley, but their numbers were small, hk01.com quoted the LCSD as saying.

No injuries involving beachgoers were reported from May 1 to June 19, the LCSD said, but urged those who had been stung by the marine creatures to seek help from first-aid posts set up along the beaches.

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