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Portuguese man o' war/man-of-war

Physalia physalis

Description:

Capable of delivering a venomous sting, it's not even a jellyfish!

Habitat:

Washed ashore on a beach in the Florida Keys at a state park.

Notes:

From the reference listed, “...this animal is a floating hydrozoan colony, made up of four polyp types: pneumatophore (float), dactylozooids (tentacles for defense and prey capture), gastrozooids (feeding), and gonozooids (reproduction) (Kurlansky 2004).”

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mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Florida, USA

Lat: 24.74, Long: -80.98

Spotted on Dec 23, 2015
Submitted on Jan 26, 2019

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