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The Atlantic Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), also known as the Man-of-war, bluebottle, or floating terror, is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids.These zooids are attached to one…

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The Atlantic Portuguese man o' war (Physalia physalis), also known as the Man-of-war, bluebottle, or floating terror, is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting. Despite its outward appearance, the Portuguese man o' war is not a common jellyfish but a siphonophore, which is not actually a single multicellular organism, but a colony of specialized minute individuals called zooids.These zooids are attached to one…

Portuguese man-of-war. Photo by Stuart Westmorland/Getty Images

In the sand or in the water, you might find a Portuguese man o' war. The Portuguese man o' war (a kind of jellyfish) is also known as floating terror, so you know it means business. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful (and sometimes fatal) sting.