The Alien That Is The Portuguese Man O’ War

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It’s purple, it’s clear, it looks like a balloon, it’s painfully venomous, but it’s not a jellyfish and you wouldn’t have to convince me too hard that it’s from an alien world.

The Portuguese man o’ war is often mistaken as a jellyfish (because jellyfish look freaking crazy and we’re more understanding of crazy looking things like the man o’ war as long as they’re called jellyfish) but is actually a siphonophore.

Siphonophores are fascinating because they look like a single organism but they’re not, they’re actually a colonial organism made up of little individuals called zooids. Zooids are attached and dependent on each other so much that they can’t survive independently.

Via Sploid.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

3 thoughts on “The Alien That Is The Portuguese Man O’ War

    • It’s creepy enough on its own, and then when you consider it’s actually an amalgamated organism made up of multiple different organisms…even creepier.

      I, for one, look forward to serving our Future Hyperdimensional Squid Overlords…

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