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Portuguese Man O’ War

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Palm Beach, Portuguese Man O' War, The Breakers | 3 comments

Portuguese Man O' War

Portuguese Man O' War

Portuguese Man O' War close-up

Portuguese Man O' War close-up

The Breakers' Lifeguard Sasha holding a Portuguese Man O' War

The Breakers' Lifeguard Sasha holding a Portuguese Man O' War

My friend Lisa and I went on a road trip to the east coast of Florida to visit girlfriends. We went to North Palm Beach on Sunday (Mah Jongg with Sarah and Darlene!!) and today we stopped at The Breakers in Palm Beach for lunch with another dear friend, Judy.

On the beach at The Breakers, I saw plenty of broken shells in the surf but the waves were very rough and choppy that I couldn’t pick through them. Then I realized that along with the seaweed high on the beach were these PORTUGUESE MAN O’ WAR. They are so beautiful and colorful but their tentacles will sting and leave welts if you brush up against them…..even if they are dead on the beach. Whew! I’m so happy I didn’t get stung because a day at The Breakers makes me a woman o’ peace.

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