Physalia physalis, bluebottle or Portuguese Man O’ War by tanetahi on Flickr.Physalia physalis, bluebottle or Portuguese Man O’ War
On the ocean-ward beach of Bribie Island, north of Brisbane in southeast Queensland. Despite dozens of them being washed up on the surf, there were children playing in the water.
They aren’t a true jellyfish, but a siphonophore, a colonial organism, and the venom is different to jellyfish venom. Vinegar makes it worse, the best treatment is hot salt water which denatures the venom

Physalia physalis, bluebottle or Portuguese Man O’ War by tanetahi on Flickr.

Physalia physalis, bluebottle or Portuguese Man O’ War

On the ocean-ward beach of Bribie Island, north of Brisbane in southeast Queensland. Despite dozens of them being washed up on the surf, there were children playing in the water.

They aren’t a true jellyfish, but a siphonophore, a colonial organism, and the venom is different to jellyfish venom. Vinegar makes it worse, the best treatment is hot salt water which denatures the venom

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