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Portuguese Man-of-War Jellyfish Visit Miami Beach

man-of-war jellyfish on miami beach

A beautiful but dangerous Physalia stranded on Miami Beach. Photo courtesy of Ann McConnell. Click photos to enlarge.

March often brings strandings of Man-of-War jellyfish on Florida’s Atlantic coast beaches. Visitor Ann McConnell sent in these photos from Miami Beach, taken on March 8, 2010.

She noted that she saw about 30 of these creatures on the beach.  In late February several people sent photos of Purple Sea Snails on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The snails are often found with the Man-of-War.

Physalia physalis

Another angle on a Man-of-War, not technically a jellyfish, but a siphonophore, which is a colony of different animals living together.

A man-of-war can sting even after it dies.

A Man-of-War can sting long after it has stranded on the beach and died. Avoid all contact with the purple tentacles.

These are great photos. Many thanks to Ann for sharing them.

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