Most stings from sea creatures in the UK are not serious and can be treated with first aid. Sometimes you may need to go to hospital.

What to do if you’ve been stung

Symptoms of sea creature stings

The main symptoms of sea creature stings are intense pain where you’re stung and an itchy rash.

Jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings can also cause raised circular areas on the skin (welts).

How to avoid being stung

UK sea creatures that sting