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Unnamed spotting

Description:

The center is about 2 inches in diameter with blue tentacles. Kind of slimey looking like a jellyfish.

Habitat:

Ocean

Notes:

Found several of these while walking on the beach this morning... Could it be a baby portuguese man-o-war? Also saw a full grown man-o-war (I think - photo also attached!) washed up on the beach with similar coloring so just wondering...

1 Species ID Suggestions

mattsilvia7
mattsilvia7 11 years ago
Blue Button
Porpita porpita Porpita porpita


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5 Comments

SaraChilders
SaraChilders 8 years ago

Blue button!

MarkL
MarkL 11 years ago

Someone I know spotted one of those last summer in South Carolina. She looked it up back then and discovered its from the Pacific. Must have hitched a ride through the Panama Canal...

beachhousejulie
beachhousejulie 11 years ago

You are both correct, thank you for solving the mystery and for sending the links...very cool! I walk on the beach all the time but have never seen one until today. Nice to know what it is! :-)

mattsilvia7
mattsilvia7 11 years ago

It's not actually a jelly, but a hydrozoan called a Blue Button. The Portuguese Man-o-war has a very distinctive sail-like structure that makes it pretty unmistakable.

iPlayBanjoNow
iPlayBanjoNow 11 years ago

This looks like the same thing, right? http://www.flickr.com/photos/jebrandt/26... Someone says it's a blue button jelly (Porpita porpita).

Wikipedia says it's not actually a jellyfish at all. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porpita_por...

beachhousejulie
Spotted by
beachhousejulie

Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2011
Submitted on May 12, 2011

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