Portuguese Man O’ War – Sebastian Beach, FL

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Portuguese Man O’ War (Physalia physalis) also known as the blue bubble, blue bottle, man-of-war, or the Portuguese man of war, is commonly but erroneously thought of as a jellyfish In fact, it is not a single animal, but rather a siphonophore – a colony of four kinds of minute, highly modified individuals, which are specialized polyps and medusoids[1].- Wikipedia

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5 responses to “Portuguese Man O’ War – Sebastian Beach, FL

  1. Amazing! Sending link to Newton…

  2. Beautiful! And nasty.

    Are these all shots of the same organism?

  3. Frank – thanks for the comment and link. Wow – I remember my daughter getting stung by a jellyfish off Prince Edward Island. Your non-jellyfish blue bubble sure looks pretty basking in the sun.