Man-of-War Jellyfish Photos & Video Clip
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The Portuguese Man-of-War
is common on the Atlantic coast of Florida during periods of
strong easterly winds. Spring and early summer often bring them ashore.
The photos and video on this page were sent to me by Andrea Butterbaugh,
who filmed them at Bathtub Reef Park on Hutchinson Island, near Stuart,
Florida. The video clip below is great because it shows the man-of-war
floating in the water with the purple tentacles trailing behind and
underneath, so you know what too look out for. The photos were taken as
the man-of-war slowly washed up onto the beach. This jellyfish is quite
dangerous and can ruin your vacation. Keep your distance. Even the dead
ones on the beach can still give you a very bad sting. I would like to
thank Andrea for sharing this video and these excellent photos with us.
This is a beautiful jellyfish. Look, but don't touch! Note: I have
published this video and these photos with permission.
All photos and
video on this page are copyright protected. Copyright
2008 Andrea Butterbaugh.
Above: This appears to be a Mushroom
Cap Jelly, on Bob Graham Beach.
Above: A seagull eats a By-the-wind