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Portuguese Man-of-War, a floating, compound marine animal found in warm regions of all oceans. It is made up of a colony of four kinds of polyps (individual, tubular water animals). One kind of polyp forms the gas-filled float, 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) long, which is usually iridescent blue with a pink crest. Below the float hang the food-catching, feeding, and reproductive polyps. The food-catching polyps form tentacles that may be more than 40 feet (12 m) long, with stinging parts that paralyze or kill most fish and other prey on contact. (For a notable exception, The feeding then polyps close around the prey and digest it. The sting is painful to humans and can cause nausea and convulsions. My introductiory on the Portuguese Man of War. This will help public awareness because I belive it will help others thing twice before entering the ocean waters. Or, at the very least, know what is out there. The pain from this dangerous sea creature is something I will never forget. If you come across somebody who has been stung by one, it's like sharing a war combat story--- you don't have to explain the pain. They remember, even if a long time ago. They pack a powerfull and painful sting-- that's all I can say. And, I respect them.. Just a little quick information: