Physalia Physalis

Conrad Shugart and Naquis

Common Name: Portuguese man o' war


Phylum - Cnidaria

Class - Hydrozoa

Species name - Physalia Physalis

Appearance - Man-of-wars are also known as bluebottles for the purple-blue color of their pneumatophores.

Human Stings - For humans, a man-of-war sting is excruciatingly painful, but rarely deadly. But even dead man-of-wars washed up on shore can still sting. After a sting they leave a whip-like, red welt on the skin that normally last two or three days after the initial sting.

Most Commonly Found - Lives at the surface of the ocean. It moves by a combination of winds, currents, and tides. Although it is most commonly found in the open ocean in tropical and subtropical regions, it has been found as far north as the Bay of Fundy and the Hebrides.

When its most commonly found - Commonly found in warmer waters in groups of up to 1,000

Stings - Tentacles can extend 50 meters and are covered in venom-filled nematocysts used to paralyze and kill fish and other small creatures.