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Portuguese man o'war

Portuguese man o'war
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Copyright: Lurdes Melo (CallMeMaria) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1777 W: 155 N: 4808] (24842)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-06-10
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-06-11 4:02
Viewed: 2382
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've heard about it but I had no idea this was what it looks like. We spotted it on the shore and threw it back in the water. My friend had accidentally stepped on it. At first I thought it was a balloon!
Yesterday was a holiday which originally was named after a "Portuguese man o'poetry": Camões.

Portuguese man o' war
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This article is about the marine invertebrate. For other uses, see Man o' war.
Portuguese man o' war
Portuguese Man-O-War (Physalia physalis).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Hydrozoa
Order: Siphonophora
Family: Physaliidae
Genus: Physalia
Species: P. physalis
Binomial name
Physalia physalis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
The Atlantic Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), also known as the Man-of-War, blue bubble, or floating terror, is a marine hydrozoan of the family Physaliidae found in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful (and sometimes fatal) sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is distinguished from jellyfish in that it is not a single multicellular organism, but a colonial organism made up of specialized minute individual organisms called zooids.[1] These zooids are attached to one another and physiologically integrated to the extent that they cannot survive independently and function as if they were an individual organism.

The Indo-Pacific Portuguese Man-of-War (Physalia utriculus), or blue bottle, is a related very similar-looking species found throughout the Indian and Pacific oceans.

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Olá Lurdes.
Bom te ver de novo por estas bandas com mais essa excelente foto desse organismo que leva esse nome popular tão engraçado.

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  • jods Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 101] (578)
  • [2016-06-11 9:58]

Bom dia Lurdes,
C'est de la Haute technologie de chez Dame Nature de la mer, c'est tout mignon mais ça pique fort, ces filaments peuvent faire plusieurs dizaine de KM, une vraie machine de guerre! Très belle photo colorée! Merci pour le partage!

Hi Lurdes,
A good photograph of this man o war.The tight crop creates an immediate interesting focal point and the subject is well exposed showing good details, just stay clear and I hope your friend is fine.

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