Day 64 Wednesday 01st June 2011
First Day of Winter
Today, the 01st June 2011 is the first day of winter here in Australia.
Here in Sydney, boy did it feel like winter – as it’s cold, really windy and grey.
The ocean looks more like a washing machine with the white water churning about in all directions.
With the wind (as they float and bob along) – came these blue-bottle jellyfish – also known as Portuguese Man of War (as it is said to look like a Portuguese battleship with a sail).
The float or body of the blue-bottle measures between 3 to 15 cms and the tentacles can range in length from 15 cms up to 10 metres! oh and they do sting! I have been stung, when the tentacle wrapped around my ankle. It stung for a while, but the pain eventually subsided. If it attaches to your body, it releases a poison. If you rub the skin after, more poison is released. So don’t rub!! 😉 (I will have to try to remember that next time!)
It’s also not a single organism, instead it’s made up of these things called zooids (a good word to remember in Scrabble!) Each zooid has its own job to do and all together they work like a single animal such as, some zooids will make up the feeding tentacles, whilst other zooids make the stinging tentacles. Clever eh?! well, I think so.
I think they are really beautiful. That being said, I am happy to stay out of their way in the ocean.