Purple Powerful Stingers

The Portuguese man o’ war is a highly venomous ocean dweller that resembles a jellyfish but is actually a siphonophore. A siphonophore is not a single animal but a complex colony of individual organisms working together to survive. In this case, the man o’ war is made up of an inflated bell that allows it to float along the sea’s surface, long tentacles covered in stinging cells, a digestive system, and a simple reproductive system. The entire Portuguese man o’ war takes on a bluish-purple hue, keeping it well camouflaged while at sea.

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