Image: Bluebottle or Portuguese Man-of-War Physalia physalis

Bluebottle or Portuguese Man-of-War Physalia physalis

Bluebottle or Portuguese Man-of-War Physalia physalis

Photographer:
Peter Parks
Rights:
© Image Quest 3-D

Notes

The Bluebottle or Portuguese Man-of-War is not a single animal but a colony of different polyps (kinds of highly modified individuals). Bluebottles feed using their long stinging tentacles to ensnare small crustaceans and other members of the surface plankton.

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