The Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the man-of-war, bluebottle, blue bottle jellyfish, or floating terror is a marine hydrozoan found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is considered to be the same species as the Pacific man o’ war, which is found mainly in the Pacific Ocean.
Where does the Portuguese Man O War live?
WHERE ARE THEY FOUND? Man-of-wars are found floating in warm waters throughout the world’s oceans. They are primarily found in tropical and subtropical oceans, but strays can be found up the Eastern Atlantic coast as far north as the Bay of Fundy (Canada).
How does the Portuguese Man O War float?
Their float is filled partially with carbon monoxide.
Man-of-war floats contain these same gasses in similar ratios, but with a large proportion of carbon monoxide. Scientists hypothesize the man-of-war fills its float with carbon monoxide, gradually replacing it with air.
Can you touch the top of a Portuguese Man O War?
The venom is very painful to humans, and can result in skin welts or even an allergy-like response. If you see a Portuguese Man O’War, admire from afar and do NOT touch!
What is a Portuguese Man O War diet?
The Portuguese Man-of-War traps its food in its tentacles. It feeds mainly on fish fry (young fish) and small adult fish, and it also consumes shrimp, other crustaceans, and other small animals in the plankton. Nearly 70 to 90% of the prey are fish.