But while each jellyfish is a single animal, each siphonophore, including the Portuguese Man O’ War, is a colony of animals. The Man O’ War is comprised of four different types of polyps, or essentially four co-dependent animals.
What is the Portuguese man-of-war made of?
Each Portuguese Man O’War is comprised of genetically-identical individuals called zooids. Just like a coral head looks like one animal but is made up of many polyps, a Portuguese Man O’War looks like one organism but is made of many zooids. Zooids can perform different tasks depending on the needs of the organism.
Does peeing on a jellyfish sting 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.
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.