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Be Careful They Sting: The Portuguese Man of War Spotted in Aruba

Be Careful They Sting: The Portuguese Man of War Spotted in Aruba

In Papiamento, it’s called ‘E Pechi Portugues,’ in English, it’s the ‘Portuguese Man of War,’ in Dutch, ‘Portugees Oorlogsschip,’ and in Spanish, ‘Carabela Portuguesa.’ It’s known for its colorful float with long tentacles and is a species of animal called a siphonophore.

What the heck is a siphonophore

A siphonophore resembles a jellyfish but is actually a colonial organism. This means that the ‘Pica Pica,’ as some fish call it, is composed of different animals that work together to keep the colony alive. One takes care of propulsion, another handles digestion, another captures prey, and yet another manages reproduction.

Be Careful They Sting

Despite its beautiful and unique appearance, it’s best admired from a distance. Its tentacles, which can measure anywhere from a few centimeters to up to 50 meters, can deliver a fatal sting to its prey and be extremely painful to humans. In extreme cases, they can even be fatal to humans. These creatures are propelled by wind and ocean currents, often drifting in warm waters, including those around Aruba.

Where are these jellyfish found?

In the waters, particularly along the southern coast of Aruba, there are abundant jellyfish, including the Portuguese Man of War. They’ve been observed from the vicinity of Palm Island to the area near the German ship Antilla. Those entering the sea should exercise caution, as a jellyfish sting can pose a threat.

Should you be stung by a jellyfish while swimming, it is important to promptly seek medical assistance by visiting a doctor or the emergency department at the hospital. Avoiding encounters with these creatures is crucial.

While fascinating, elegant, and mysterious when seen in the water, a jellyfish removed from its natural habitat loses much of its allure. This is due to the fact that a jellyfish is primarily composed of water, approximately 95 percent. If you happen to see these beautiful creatures, such as the Portuguese Man of War, don’t touch them and appreciate them from a distance!

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