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 are Portuguese Man O War found?
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).
Does peeing on a jellyfish sting actually help?
A: No. Despite what you may have heard, the idea of peeing on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain is just a myth. Not only are there no studies to support this idea, but pee may even worsen the sting. Jellyfish tentacles have stinging cells called nematocysts that contain venom.
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 happens if you get stung by a Portuguese man-of-war?
In rare cases, it can be life-threatening. After a sting, the tentacles leave long, stringy red welts on the skin. The welts last from minutes to hours. There is local pain, burning, swelling, and redness.