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Portuguese Man of War in Montauk

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Enjoyed the day cruising around in the New 46 Valhalla Center console.

Came across 7 Man o Wars

 

Never saw them this far north.  With a stiff breeze they'd wash up on my friends lawn down in ramrod key.

 

Saw em by the thousands down there.

 

First time seeing one here.

 

Anyone else see em in numbers up here?

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57 mins ago, PSegnatelli said:

Wow. That's one thing I didn't know we had up here. 

 

Are they as bad as the stories? Or is it like the quicksand tales of my youth?

A friend's mom was stung by one when she was in her 20s. She said it was the most painful thing she has ever felt and she pushed out 3 kids. She still has red scars across her back and down one leg where the tentacles made contact. 

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16 mins ago, Finneus said:

A friend's mom was stung by one when she was in her 20s. She said it was the most painful thing she has ever felt and she pushed out 3 kids. She still has red scars across her back and down one leg where the tentacles made contact. 

Oof.  That sucks.   

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Must look up that brand. I still blink when I see center console boats with three or four engines on the rear, but .... they're no longer a novelty.  And some are quite appealing. They're all best when garnished with some hot female body across the bow, conspicuously sunning themselves (in Montauk, the locals refer to the pretty young things draped on the megayachts as "the nieces.")

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The loggerhead turtle feeds on the Portuguese man o' war, a common part of the loggerhead's diet. The turtle's skin is too thick for the sting to penetrate. The sea slug Glaucus atlanticus also feeds on the Portuguese man o' war, as does the violet snail Janthina janthina. The blanket octopus is immune to the venom of the Portuguese man o' war; young individuals carry broken man o' war tentacles, presumably for offensive and/or defensive purposes. The ocean sunfish's primary diet consists of jellyfish, but it can also consume Portuguese men o' war.

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40 mins ago, BrianBM said:

Must look up that brand. I still blink when I see center console boats with three or four engines on the rear, but .... they're no longer a novelty.  And some are quite appealing. They're all best when garnished with some hot female body across the bow, conspicuously sunning themselves (in Montauk, the locals refer to the pretty young things draped on the megayachts as "the nieces.")

"Bow candy" down here:howdy:

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