How can you tell a Portuguese man of war?

The man-of-war comprises four separate polyps. It gets its name from the uppermost polyp, a gas-filled bladder, or pneumatophore, which sits above the water and somewhat resembles an old warship at full sail. Man-of-wars are also known as bluebottles for the purple-blue color of their pneumatophores.

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.

What does Portuguese Man O War eat?

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.

Can you touch the bell of a Man O War?

Rule No.

Man-of-war fish have stinging cells that are still active and capable of stinging even after the creature is dead and washed up on shore. So don’t touch it.

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