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Self Portrait In Man O War On Navarre Beach
Jeff at JSJ Photography
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Self-Portrait in the gas-filled bladder of a Portuguese Man-O-War on Navarre Beach along Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast on 10 December 2012. According to Wikipedia, detached tentacles and dead specimens (including those that wash up on shore like this one) can sting just as painfully as the live creature in the water and may remain potent for hours or even days after the death of the creature. Portuguese Man-O-War are actually a colony of multiple organisms that once formed together cannot survive independently unlike jellyfish. Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last 2 or 3 days after the initial sting. However, the venom can travel to the lymph nodes and may cause, depending on the amount of venom, a more intense pain or even death in extreme circumstances.
December 14th, 2012
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