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Seasons change but the Portuguese Man o War never do….

As the seasons and winds change in the U.S., the Portuguese Man o War begin to arrive in large numbers.

First of all, there are no real seasons for the Man o War, as such, but because of wind currents associated with season change and weather interruptions, the Man o War is on the leading edge of those winds since it has no propulsion system other than inflating it’s crown with gas and catching the wind.

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What is typically recognized however, is the Man o War are, as a general rule, found along and around the Florida coast lines to Pensacola from late October thru February, the largest concentration generally in Nov and Feb.; the same as Costa Rica from March to May and to some degree the 10th day after every full moon in Hawaii. There is a long history of documenting these events so it is reasonable to believe these expectations every year.

Now, if you were stung by a Man o War, you were stung by an Atlantic Portuguese Man o’ War. There is no jellyfish specie known as a Man o’ War..A MOW is a siphonophore..a colony of 4 organisms..don’t have enough time and space to detail that ..there are 3 species of Man o War but all the same if that makes sense..the Atlantic, the recently acknowledge Pacific and the Blue Bottle Man o War..the Atlantic reported to have the nastiest sting but how would one compare them as all three are very painful. They differ in size with the Atlantic the largest and the blue bottle the smallest but don’t think for an instant that changes how nasty the stings are.

The indications that you have been stung by a Man O’ War are: Stinging, burning, redness, swelling of lymph nodes. You may see long welt lines. In some people sensitive to the Man O’ War venom, there may be severe reactions, including difficulty with breathing and cardiac arrest.

The sting toxin secreted from the tentacles is a neurotoxin about seventy-five percent as powerful as cobra venom. The welts can last for minutes to hours.

Studies on the effectiveness of meat tenderizer, baking soda, papain, or commercial sprays (containing aluminum sulfate and detergents) on nematocyst stings have been contradictory. It’s possible these substances cause further damage.

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Portuguese Man o War…spotted worldwide

The Portuguese Man o’ War  can be found anywhere in the open ocean (especially warm water seas), but they are most commonly found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans, and the northern Atlantic Gulf Stream. The Man o’ War has been found as far north as the the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine.

They wash ashore along the northern Gulf of Mexico and the east and west coasts of Florida.  An abundance of Portuguese Man o’ Wars can be found in the waters of Costa Rica, especially in March and April.  They have been spotted recently off the coast of Spain, Ireland, in Welsh waters and in the Mediterranean near Corsica and Malta.

They are also frequently found along the east coast of South Africa, (particularly during winter storms if the wind has been blowing steadily on-shore for several hours), as well as around the Hawaiian Islands.  Strong onshore winds may drive them into bays or onto beaches. It is rare for only a single Portuguese Man o’ War to be found; the discovery of one usually indicates the presence of many as they are usually congregated by currents and winds into groups of thousands. Man o’ Wars typically travel in groups of 1,000-plus.


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Portuguese Man o War Facts and information

The main part of the Portuguese Man o’ War is clear and looks like jelly. That is what is often above the surface of the water. They have a sail like design that allow them to easily stay afloat. Below the surface though are the squiggly lines of the body that are a light shade of blue. Those are the tentacles and where they have venom.

They live in the warm waters of the seas around the world. They are often found floating on the top of the oceans. They seem to thrive in the tropical and subtropical areas. Both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean are full of them. They may end up in the Atlantic Gulf Stream due to wind and current.

The Portuguese Man o’ War has no way of controlling its body in the water. It is completely dependent upon the current of the water. The wind can also influence their movement as can any type of natural disaster.

To help them be well protected they are able to produce venom. When they come into contact with something in the water they are going to release that venom. Each year more than 10,000 people get stung by them due to being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In some areas that have a high number of them there is no longer any swimming allowed.

This has caused some problems in various areas. For example along the beautiful beaches of Australia that people tend to enjoy all year long. Hawaii is a top tourist location but the visitors decrease when there is a high risk of getting stung by them.

Many fish though in the oceans are immune to this venom. They will swim very close to the Portuguese Man o’ War because they know that offers them a great deal of protection from predators. Various predators will keep their distance from this entity because they don’t want to be injected with the venom.

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As they drift around in the water they will take any opportunities that they can to feed. They will consume small fish, plankton and crustaceans. They use their venom to paralyze them so that they are able to prevent their meals from escaping.

Spawning takes place for the Portuguese Man o’ War in the fall. They form large colonies of either males or females. Then the colonies will join with each other so that the eggs of the female colony can be mixed with the sperm of the male colony. Many of them will be consumed by various predators. Those that survive will be able to care for themselves from the moment they emerge.

There is still a great deal that experts don’t know about the reproduction of the Portuguese Man o’ War. Observing them in captivity has been difficult because they don’t due well. They tend not to mate due to the stressful conditions. Due to their dangerous nature it is hard to get close to them to find out what all takes place. However, some studies use underwater cameras that are robot controlled to help them get closer than ever before.

There are three known species of the Man o War…The Atlantic and Pacific Man o War and the Australian species known as the Blue Bottle..The Atlantic Man o War is twice the size of the Blue Bottle and has numerous stinging tentacles whereas the Blue Bottle has one strand.  It’s easy to understand then why the Atlantic and Pacific are known to be lethal and the Blue Bottle has no recorded fatalities related to the sting.

These animals are very nasty stingers and should be avoided at all times…even washed up on the beach…If you have the misfortune of being stung do two things and quickly..have along our Ocean Care Man o War kit for immediate pain relief and first aid but most of all, seek medical attention immediately.

Article and information courtesy of Bioexpedition.com


Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug: Feeds on the Man o War

Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug: Animal Of The Week

The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug is as unusual as its appearance suggests – this thing is honestly pretty weird, but we can forgive it since it is so breath-taking.  These creatures are three centimeters long and predominantly colored with silver and blue tints.  They are found in tropical waters, specifically those off of the coast of Africa and Australia.  Though they exist predominantly in these locations, they can also be found off of European coasts.

The Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slug floats on top of the water by using it’s gas filled sac.  Surprisingly, these tiny slugs actually feed on large, dangerous, poisonous animals; namely the Portuguese Man O’ War.  Yeah, those are the things that you try to avoid at all costs whenever you go snorkeling in the ocean, because their stings hurt like no other.  According to marine biologists, the sea slug can and usually does consume the entire Man o War organism and absorbs the toxins from the creature it just preyed upon, and then saves that poison as a self-defense mechanism.  Pretty amazing given the size of the Sea Slug.


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Portuguese Man o War leaves a nasty sting…

Portuguese man-of-war sting. This creature has a bladder of air on top, which helps it float on the water, it can  sink by deflating its bladder. Another feature of the man of war are its long tentacles.  They can extend to about 30 feet beneath the  surface of the water and are armed with stinger cells called  nematocysts, which are filled with venom. The toxicity of the venom rarely causes death, but can cause  the heart and lungs to malfunction, and the person can go into shock.  Raging fever is also one of the symptoms of a man of war jellyfish  sting.<br />

Portuguese man-of-war sting. This creature has a bladder of air on top, which helps it float on the water, it can sink by deflating its bladder. Another feature of the man of war are its long tentacles. They can extend to about 30 feet beneath the surface of the water and are armed with stinger cells called nematocysts, which are filled with venom. The toxicity of the venom rarely causes death, but can cause the heart and lungs to malfunction, and the person can go into shock. Raging fever is also one of the symptoms of a man of war sting.

Avoid this animal at all costs but if you do get stung..be sure to have our Man o War First Aid Kit handy..safe & effective…Don’t get stung without it !!

Always seek medical attention after being stung by a Man O War

Portuguese Man o War land on South Padre Island Beach..

While this isn’t typical, the arrival of the Man O War by wind currents happens often along the coastal regions in Texas, Hawaii (the Blue Bottle species) and Florida.  Never walk among these animals because they can sting after being on land for quite a while..Don’t let your dog run among these animals either….Take along our safe and effective Man o War First Aid Kit..durable foil pouch weighs less than a pound..everything is in the kit with easy to follow instructions to deliver effective first aid..Don’t get Stung without our first aid kit…If you get stung, seek immediate medical attention..


Photo provided by Louis Balderas, Jr.

Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish found washed ashore at Asan beach..Guam

Numerous portuguese man-of-war jellyfish, a type of stinging jellyfish, have been found washed ashore at Asan Beach, according to a statement by the National Park Service.  Contact with this type of jellyfish, also known as blue bottle jellyfish, can cause intense pain and serious injury, the statement warned. Seek immediate medical attention for serious stings.

Due to the presence of jellyfish and the high surf advisory, visitors are advised to stay out of the water.

Ocean Care Solutions’ Man o’ War first aid kit is safe and effective..Light weight and water tight, the kit can go where you go..Don’t let some one you love get stung without it  !!

Article courtesy of guampdn.com..written by Pacific Daily News

By the Wind Sailors..Stinging Cnidarians

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Firstly; By-the-wind Sailor, what a wonderfully romantic name!  They get it from their lifestyle which is similar to our very own Portuguese Man o’ War, although they are much smaller and clearly a lot less famous. Sailors reach about 7 centimetres across and have quite a tough, rigid sail to harness the wind. It’s actually made of chitin, like insect exoskeletons. The sail I mean, not the wind. Like the Man o’ War, individuals have sails that bear either left or right into the wind so that when thousands are washed up on a beach, another few thousand have been sent in the opposite direction. When you have one sail and no oars or boat propeller I suppose something like that is necessary. A 50-50 chance is better than none at all! Surrounding the sail are rings of air filled tubes to provide buoyancy.

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Despite the lovely name and care-free (until you hit the rocks) life style, By-the-wind Sailors are Cnidarians, which means they are meat eating, stinging monsters. In this case the tentacles are short, only about 1 cm long, and hang down below the edge of the disc and into the sea. They feed on tiny plankton of various kinds and seem to be completely harmless to humans, clearly a terrible disaster for their chances of fame.

It looks like most people consider By-the-wind Sailors to be made up of hydroid colonies, again, much like the Portuguese Man o’ War. Instead of one, big animal, it’s actually made up of lots of little ones that work together. It looks like others disagree and prefer to see it as something more like a floating, upside down Sea anemone with a sail on its foot. They both sound great to me!

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Either way, By-the-wind Sailors are all either male or female. When they mate, they first produce thousands of tiny jellyfish. These are about 3 mm across and are slightly brown because of their friends; inside their bodies are tiny microalgae that can gain energy from the Sun and provide some to their host. They are effectively paying for bed and board, which is nice of them. Eventually, the jellyfish will release sperm or eggs into the water to create new By-the-wind Sailors. Its a pretty odd life cycle, but then Cnidarians are utterly immersed in oddity so we’ll just have to get used to it.

I find it strange that I hadn’t heard of these creatures before. Loads of them get washed up all along the West coast of the US every year and they’ve even done the same in good ol’ Blighty. They look lovely with their rich, blue colours and concentric circles, yet there doesn’t seem to be great deal written about them. Shame. Looks like the Portuguese Man o’ War has stolen all the limelight!

Because the animal is a stinging cnidarian, although OCS has not had the opportunity to test our sting relief solution on this particular animal, all things considered, we are certain our product will provide effective sting relief should you get stung.


Article courtesy of Real Monstosities..