Nature Is Metal: Portuguese Man O’ War Travels Open Ocean, Paralyzes Fish With Gnarly Tentacles

by 2 years ago
Portuguese Man O' War

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The Portuguese Man O’ War is one of the craziest species in an ocean full of alien-like creatures. Its tentacles can reach lengths of 10 meters (33 feet). These deadly venomous sacks of blue have no means of propulsion.

They spend their entire lives just floating along on the surface of the ocean with its crazy long tentacles dragging along beneath. This means they have a massive dispersion area because all it takes is a strong current to drag these Portuguese Man O’ War along for thousands of miles. They’re found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Why am I talking about the Portuguese Man O’ War? It has nothing to do with my upcoming trip to Portugal, though if you have any travel tips for Lisbon and Porto hit me up on Twitter at @casspa with your best recommendations. I’m talking about the Portuguese Man O’ War because of this clip below from Blue Planet 2:

Blue Planet II has been airing on the BBC over in the UK. It’s actually the prequel to the award-winning nature documentary series Blue Planet. You might’ve seen some clips here on BroBible in the past. I posted the trailer for Blue Planet II which featured an exclusive new track from Radiohead and Hans Zimmer. And last week I shared this clip of some crazy sharks attacking a submarine.

As you can probably tell, I’m a bit bummed that Blue Planet II isn’t airing on BBC America yet. I’m sure we’ll get it at some point but it’s killing me to see these stunning clips each week from BBC Earth on YouTube knowing that the full episode is just as enthralling but we can’t actually watch it on TV.

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