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Portuguese Man 'o War

Physalia physalis

Description:

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)

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

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16 Comments

bg11a8
bg11a8 8 years ago

amazing creature.. great spotting!

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.
Thanks

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

What an extraordinary creature it is! Great find!

msb86
msb86 10 years ago

Awesome creature! And awesome too why it arrived to Maldives. Could you add this spot to the mission "Maldives Biodiversity". http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1084...

Nitch
Nitch 10 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 10 years ago

Cool beans.

MickGrant
MickGrant 11 years ago

Interesting - encountered them in many warm waters!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Superb spotting, congratulations.

Carolina
Carolina 11 years ago

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

LadyJessStab
LadyJessStab 11 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
BrandonBlount 11 years ago

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

peter
peter 11 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."

http://facebook.com/projectnoah/posts/27...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/10...

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 11 years ago

Impressive series.

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

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

JillyEnFuego
JillyEnFuego 11 years ago

Amazing pics!

katy.yanos
katy.yanos 11 years ago

Interesting! Nice pic.

ImreDér
Spotted by
ImreDér

Maldives

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

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