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Portuguese Man 'o War

Physalia physalis


Despite its outward appearance, the Man o' War is not a true jellyfish but a siphonophore, which differ from jellyfish in that they are not actually a single creature, but a colonial organism made up of many minute individuals called zooids.[1] Each of these zooids is highly-specialized and, although structurally similar to other solitary animals, are attached to each other and physiologically integrated to the extent that they are incapable of independent survival. (Wikipedia)


Tropical and subtropical regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans, and the northern Atlantic Gulf Stream.


Spotted on the Maldives, where it is not supposed to be

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bg11a8 10 years ago

amazing creature.. great spotting!

Agustín Amenabar L
Agustín Amenabar L 10 years ago

I have never seen one, but the picture next to the feet finally gave me the scale of these. Always thought they where bigger, at least the size of a fist.

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

What an extraordinary creature it is! Great find!

msb86 12 years ago

Awesome creature! And awesome too why it arrived to Maldives. Could you add this spot to the mission "Maldives Biodiversity".

Nitch 12 years ago

Hey, could you please tell me where exactly was this found in the Maldives... i am a maldivian and would like to know more about it... thanks...

Art Aldrich
Art Aldrich 12 years ago

Cool beans.

MickGrant 12 years ago

Interesting - encountered them in many warm waters!

Wild Things
Wild Things 12 years ago

Superb spotting, congratulations.

Carolina 12 years ago

It's an interesting fact that you spotted it where is not supposed to be.

LadyJessStab 12 years ago

we ge these alot in NZ beaches, spesh in and around chch, we call them bluebottles, they wash up constantly some times you cant even go swimming because there are to many of them

BrandonBlount 12 years ago

Very Interesting pictures!! Great shots with awesome detail and lighting.

peter 12 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"Mistaken for jellyfish, the Portuguese Man 'o War is actually a colony of venom-filled tentacles and polyps. It has no real means of propulsion and drifts in the ocean current."

Saarbrigger 12 years ago

Impressive series.

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 12 years ago

That third pic is awesome! Looks like a translucent mohawk.

JillyEnFuego 12 years ago

Amazing pics!

katy.yanos 12 years ago

Interesting! Nice pic.

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Spotted on Jul 6, 2011
Submitted on Aug 18, 2011

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