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These are a Physalia’s (Man-o’-War jelly’s) tentacles hanging beneath its ship-shaped surface float. The “beads” are batteries of stinging cells that inject toxin into any creature they contact.

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Gabon Expedition: Oil Rigs Are a Haven for Marine Life

We are diving off the coast of Gabon, under eerie oil platforms. Here there is amazing marine life, like the jellyfish in the photo, with dozens of silver little fish among its long tentacles. Dive...

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Juvenile Purple-striped Jellyfish Canvas Print / Canvas Art by SMC Images

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Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia physalis), is a jellyfish-like marine invertebrate of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a powerful sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Man o' War is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore, which differs from jellyfish in that it is not actually a single creature, but a colonial organism made up of many minute individuals called zooids.

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