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Ocean Watch: Portuguese men-of-war are experts at sailing

  • COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT
                                The Portuguese man-of-war’s eating parts, reproductive organs and stinging tentacles hang below its float. As it sails along the water’s surface (the sail isn’t visible in the picture), the creature trolls for fish, sometimes getting shipwrecked before it can eat its catch (inset).

    COURTESY SUSAN SCOTT

    The Portuguese man-of-war’s eating parts, reproductive organs and stinging tentacles hang below its float. As it sails along the water’s surface (the sail isn’t visible in the picture), the creature trolls for fish, sometimes getting shipwrecked before it can eat its catch (inset).

My neighbor commented this week that in her 20 years in Hawaii, she’s never seen so many Portuguese men-of-war wash up on the beaches like they did this summer. Read more

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