Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Extremes of Nature, Here in the Caribbean
Portuguese Man of War
I saw 3 on Black Beach last night, 2 this morning. The photo above was taken on the beach. The photo below, in the water, is from the internet.
According to Wikipedia this is not a jelly fish. It is a siphonophore. They float on top of the water. The name comes from the man-of-war, an 18th-century armed Portuguese sailing ship. As you can see from the photo below, they have kind of a sail on top. Strong winds can drive them into shore.