Blue-bottle

Also known as a Portuguese Man-o-War. Often mistaken for a jellyfish, but actually a colony of creatures living in symbiosis.

The beach near the King's Bore Track was littered with these guys on the waterline.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 20th November 2010, This photo: 2:00pm

Comments

  • aramisfirefly said:
    I remember getting hammered by one these as a little kid, man it hurt!!
  • chooks! said:
    Nicely taken dave, their fun to pop :)
  • teejaybee said:
    heh some fun going up that track ;)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/aramisfirefly] Same here Matt!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chooksh] In retrospect, I should have gotten closer and lower, but, it was drizzling, and I have an aversion to getting my camera kit close to salt water. ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/teejaybee] It's one way to the beach now. We actually took the Pettigrew track this time around, very scenic, esp. with a light mist/fog.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Nicely composed, and agree with your comment to Chooks, the salt water worries me as well.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/wombat44] Thanks Hans. :)
  • S Bavido said:
    Lovely color, but a man of war? Yikes...
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbavido] Can be somewhat painful if encountered in the water. They grow tentacle like threads up to 1.5m long (from memory), which sting when touched.
    By no means the most dangerous sea critter in the waters off Australia, but one a lot of people have encountered.
  • JessPoore said:
    very nice shot