portugese man o' war

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Glaucus atlanticus? One of my favorite creatures!

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Yooooo These guys are awesome!!! they look out of this world!

 like honestly if i didn’t know they existed and someone just showed me a picture of one i would probably just think they were some weird high definition version of a creature someone created in Spore. 

They float at the surface of the ocean! their cool coloration is camouflage! they’re darker blue on one side and lighter blue on the other.  so one side is camo to protect against birds looking down on them and the other side camouflages them with the underside of the waves so fish don’t eat them! very cool example of countershading! 

They feed mostly on hydra (like the portugese man o war) and they can take the stinging cells (cnidocytes) from the ingested hydra and incorporate them into their own bodies! 

They really are what they eat! 

[sources: pic, videofacts.]

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Floating Portugese Man of War, or according to Wikipedia also called blue bottle, or floating terror. The stings from those tentacles can be extremely painful even lethal.

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So yentobento and I were talking about making some Jellyfish OCs bc we love jellies, and here are a few of mine! 

The first is my take on the Portugese Man O War, which technically is not a jellyfish, but rather an organism made up of multiple organisms. So I was thinking of tough guy single dad with a bunch of rowdy kids because raising four kids as a single parents sounds like a battle in itself.

My second jelly is Cella, who is a compass jellyfish. I think compass jellies are so pretty and floofy and I lvoe their stripes, so I tried to incorporate these into her design. And yes, I also like the dresses from thePrincess Jellyfish line up, so her dress was inspired from that too. 

In Honor of Shark Week: How to Avoid Unwanted Animal Encounters at the Beach this Summer!

Hey, guys! In light of Shark Week and a most tragic and unusual spike in shark attacks in the past few weeks, I thought I’d compile a list of tips that might help to keep you and yours safe from animal-related harm in the ocean this summer. But don’t just take my word for it! You can find these tips and a lot more in the book Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley, or in virtually any online article featuring shark expert George H. Burgess regarding the recent attacks in NC and SC.

Anyway, here we go! Some tips to avoid unwanted shark encounters:

  1. Be mindful of your surroundings before you step into the water. Avoid wading in areas near fishermen or piers because of their use of bait and/or chum, which will possibly lure a hungry shark closer to shore.
  2. Avoid going in the water during typical shark feeding times, which are usually from dusk into the night, when it’s safer and easier for them to hunt. Also exercise caution during high tide.
  3. Mind your splashing. A shark might mistake it for a struggle, a situation that they are highly likely to investigate since, as scavengers, they mostly target weak, sick/dying animals. 
  4. Don’t wear jewelery or sparkly, glistening swimwear. The shimmering of these objects looks a lot like fish scales in the water, which will tempt a shark closer if it catches their eye.
  5. Exercise caution as a surfer and/or boogie boarder. The way you lay on your board and dangle your limbs in the water may resemble a sea lion or sea turtle from below, two of a sharks’ preferred meals.
  6. Additionally, be mindful that a slick, black wetsuit with or without flippers can also make you look like a sea lion. SCUBA divers are typically safe because the bubbles that come out of their regulators can freak sharks out, but if you’re surfing, or doing something closer to the surface, just be careful and aware of your surroundings! There are also some wetsuits available that help you to either camouflage yourself in the water, or appear venomous to any potential predators.
  7. Don’t go in the water if you’re bleeding, even a little bit. A mere paper cut with a single drop of blood could alert a shark from a long distance away. This warning also includes those who are menstruating, even if they’re using a tampon. Some carnivorous fish (such as groupers), can still detect the blood.

Additionally, there are other animals, more dangerous than sharks, that you should be aware of and try to avoid in the water:

  • •Orcas/Killer Whales. They can be very aggressive and kick many an animals’ ass, including a shark’s. Do not disturb them.
  • •Jellyfish, specifically the Portugese Man o’ War. Jellyfish stings suck, but getting stung by a Portugese Man o’ War is bad news. With a few that have washed up in New Jersey, keep an eye out for their weird fin shape floating on the surface of the water.
  • •Rockfish/Lionfish. Their barbs are extremely venomous, and the fish themselves are super easy to miss because of their excellent camouflage. Watch where you step and do not try to handle them!
  • •Eels. When provoked or disturbed, bites from these guys are no fun. Some of them excrete toxic mucus through their skin. Additionally, others can deliver a shock of around 500 volts to harm prey and predators, so do not touch!
  • •Groupers. These huge predatory fish are extremely aggressive, even moreso than the barracuda, who isn’t nearly as much of a threat. If these guys smell blood, they will find the source and take as many bites as they please, regardless of whether or not it’s human flesh. Watch out for these guys.
  • •Octopuses, specifically the Blue-ringed Octopus of Australia. Octopuses are scary smart creatures who can definitely mess you up. Their ink isn’t the problem, so much as their intellect. When provoked, some octopuses have been known to pry off a diver’s mask, knowing it could endanger them underwater. The blue-ringed octopus is not capable of such a thing, but its easily undetectable bite can cause severe paralysis and even death within minutes, and as of right now, no anti-venom is known to exist. Be mindful of these guys and do not mess with them.
  • •Sea Snakes. Their mouths are very small, so they can hardly manage to inject their venom into so much as a human hand, but they are still considered dangerous and should not be played with, despite their somewhat mellow nature. Also, do not block their path as they go to the surface to breathe.  
  • •Piranhas. Self-explanitory. They’re not ocean-dwellers, but hey. They’re dangerous, too.

Finally, and most importantly…

  • When in doubt, DON’T GO OUT. If you have any suspicion that the water may not be ideal for swimming or wading, or if you feel as if you are not properly prepared to enter the water, just stay out of it. The easiest and most effective way to avoid unwanted animal encounters is to simply stay out of their environments. The beach can be just as fun without going in the water, so for your safety’s sake, it’s not a big loss to not go swimming.

I know this information may seem like a lot, and I know it seems like there are a ton of not-so-fun rules to follow when going into the ocean, but they are most certainly for your own protection, as well as the protection of these animals. The best way to avoid unwanted and tragic encounters with marine life is to behave as if you are entering as a guest in someone’s house, politely living by their rules during the entirety of your visit until you leave. While following these guidelines can’t guarantee absolute safety from a freak, most unpleasant accident, being educated and aware can help to prevent tragedy.

Have a wonderful summer, everybody! Happy Shark Week!

– Alex