Beautifully Colorful Photos Of The Lethally Venomous Portuguese Man O' War - Photographer Aaron Ansarov gets in real close to capture the gorgeous, colorful bodies of these deadly marine animals. Ansarov collects the lethally venomous creatures from his local shores in Florida, places them on his light table to photograph, and quickly returns them to the waters they were found in. :)
The Portuguese Man o’ War is not one animal, but is actually comprised of colonies of invertebrate, jelly-like marine animals of the family: Physaliidae glomming together. These pelagic hydroids (or hydrozoans) colonize and are infamous for their very painful, powerful sting.
The Portuguese man o' war isn't actually a jellyfish but a siphonophore, made up of a colony of tiny specialized animals called hydroids. They serve various functions such as feeding, defense, & reproduction. They have no propulsion system & depend on currents & wind for mobility in warm tropical & subtropical waters worldwide. Interesting NatGeo article. #sea #ocean #myt
The Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), is a jelly-like marine invertebrate. It's not a jelly, it is a collective entity composed of four types of polyp. The dactylzooids make up the tentacles that are typically 10 metres (30 ft) in length but can be up to 50 metres (165 ft). The long tentacles "fish" continuously through the water, and each tentacle bears stinging, venom-filled nematocysts (coiled, thread-like structures), which sting and kill small sea creatures.