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The Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia physalis), also known as the Portuguese Man-Of-War, Man-Of-War, or Bluebottle, is a jellyfish-like marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a powerful sting.
The Portuguese man o' war lives at the surface of the ocean. The gas-filled bladder, or pneumatophore, remains at the surface, while the remainder is submerged.Since the man o' war has no means of propulsion, it is moved by a combination of winds, currents, and tides. Although it can be found anywhere in the open ocean (especially warm water seas), it is most commonly found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans and in the northern Atlantic Gulf Stream.
It is rare for only a single Portuguese man o' war to be found; the discovery of one usually indicates the presence of many, as they are usually congregated by currents and winds into groups of thousands.Attitudes to the presence of the Portuguese man o' war vary around the world.
Given their sting, however, they must always be treated with caution, and the discovery of men o' war washed up on a beach may lead to the closure of the whole beach
Originally posted by Qumulys
I'd be putting my money on a Blue Blottle!
(great photo's by the way!)
Originally posted by chr0naut
reply to post by intergalactic fire
Be careful and don't touch the tentacle like strands. They carry stingers with a neurotoxin that normally paralyses smaller prey (like fish) but are agonizing to humans.
If you do get stung, vinegar apparently helps deactivate the sting.