Saturday, August 13, 2005
This one is NOT harmless, but it sure is beautiful. The Portuguese Man O' War is actually a colony of polyps, not a single organism. The tentacles can expand out a great distance beneath the gas filled float. You can pick up a Man O'War by the top of the float to impress people, only the tentacles have nematocysts (stinging cells). If you do attempt this little bit of showmanship, be sure to check for the stray tentacle that got flipped up over the top of the float....don't ask me how I know that.
Posted by R.Powers at 10:28 PM