Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Portuguese Man o' War

Did you see yesterdays WW - What's This?
Well, I had taken that picture when we were at the beach one day shortly after we first moved here. My guess at the time was it was a jelly fish and I Googled to try and find out what type it was and didn't have any luck figuring it out. Well, after I posted the picture yesterday I decided to try again and Googled "clear and blue jellyfish". If I am correct it is The Portuguese Man o' War (Physalia physalis), also known as the blue bubble, blue bottle, man-of-war, or the Portuguese man of war (not technically a jelly-fish).
It wasn't very big, it could have fit in the palm of my hand. Luckily I was the one who found it and not one of the kids. A sting from one is apparently pretty painful. After I spotted it I picked it up with a shovel and threw it away down the beach.

Mrs. Marine



  1. Oh wow! I am so glad, as you said, your kids didn't find it first.

  2. You are going to find them often.. Often they are covered a little with sand and look so appealing to wee ones (and animals)... So, keep a watchful eye on the kids when you go to the beach.. I know you already do...


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