Photographer's Note

This is a Bluebottle, also known as a Portuguese Man O' War. Its tail carries a sting, which although is painful, is not normally dangerous to humans. I've been stung by a Bluebottle hundreds of times, it's almost like a rite of passage here in Australia and is the reason you will see bottles of vinegar at most surf beaches, which are used to treat people who have been stung. Bluebottles are blown onto the coast when there are on-shore winds. Here in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland which are situated on the east coast, you need to watch out for easterly winds). Bluebottles are in fact not one animal, they are actually a colony of 4 different species, zooids, which live together. They vary in size, from about 1 centimetre to about 10 centimetres.

Living on the coast, we are taught from a very young age, that any animal in the sea which is coloured blue, is toxic and not to touch it. The best example of this is the beautiful but lethal Blue Ringed Octopus, which you can see in my Workshop. There is no known anti-venom and if it stings you, you'll die within minutes.

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