The-Outline-of-Science-Vol.-1

AN INTRICATE COLONY OF OPEN-SEA ANIMALS (Physophora Hydrostatica) RELATED TO THE PORTUGUESE MAN-OF-WAR

There is great division of labor in the colony. At the top are floating and swimming “persons”; the long ones below are offensive “persons” bearing batteries of stinging cells; in the middle zone there are nutritive, reproductive, and other “persons.” The color of the colony is a fine translucent blue. Swimmers and bathers are often badly stung by this strange animal and its relatives.