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Day trip to Corpus Christi, saw a million man o’ wars in the gulf coast. First time seeing them in person! Exciting!!!

Posted December 2016 / Rebloged December 18, 2018

These are siphonophores, colonies of a bunch of different types of organisms that… somehow function as a cohesive unit. It’s complicated and I don’t know too much about them besides DO NOT TOUCH! and also they’re not cnidarians (jellyfish)!

Mustang Island State Park

If that’s a man of war your bare feet shouldn’t be anywhere near it. Their stingers are long as hell and can’t always be seen

Yes indeed: if any of y’all are in the water, and you see a floaty balloony friend on the water like you see up there? GET OUT NOW. The tentacles are many, many, many times longer than you see in the photos here, and likely these ones had been torn up as they washed ashore.

It was a little concerning to see SO MANY OF THESE, but: it was December 29 or something like that (cold!), nobody was swimming, I was only barefoot because the tide was coming in and oh boy went OVER the top of my waterproof hiking boots (saltwater and sand in boots in December? may as well go barefoot).

We weren’t walking in the tide, we were well-above the level the water was swelling at, so we weren’t in danger, and we made sure to tell people who had never seen these things before not to touch them (although, they had a pretty good idea not to).

Very, very pretty though!

December 18, 2018