Thursday, February 10, 2011
This is a Portuguese man-of-war. The man of war is actually made from a colony of organisms that work together. The tentacles can extend 165 feet or 50 meters below the surface of the water. The average however is 30 feet. 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.