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Portuguese Man O' War

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. :)

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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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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.

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Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish. I've personally been stung by one of these bad boys. With that & natural child birth, I can tolerate any pain imaginable.

Portuguese Man of War tentacles. Its tentacles are actually one of the four separate polyps that make up the animal (each considered a separate organism).

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Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia physalis), pneumatophore+tentacles. highly integrated polymorphic polyps and medusoids, tentacles can harm small fish but rarely deadly to humans.

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Deadly Beauty: A Portrait of the Portuguese Man-of-War

The Portuguese man o' war is a siphonophore jellyfish actually made up of a colony of specialized individual organisms. Interesting NatGeo article. #myt