Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jellyfish and Portuguese Man-of-War

Found laying on the beach at Gulf Shores on November 23, 2011.  Blended in so well with the sand I am not sure how I saw it.  But, I did. Now, I am in no way an expert, but, I suspect this is a jellyfish, interesting the red streaks. (No expert, but, learning!!!!)

The next 3 photos were taken December 1, 2011 off the Gulf State Park fishing pier.  I did zoom with the Sony to take these photos.  The first two photos were only cropped, no color correction was done with the photo editing software.  This is very close, colorwise, to what I saw with my eye.

The following photo, is the same one as above, but, I did do an "auto correct" with the photo editing software.    Auto correct will give stunning results sometimes.

On December 9th, Man wanted to see if he could find a jellyfish on the beach.  What we found instead was Portuguese Man-Of-War.  Lots of them, way up the beach, further than we usually see shells that have washed up.

*  There is an interesting article on the problems caused by jellyfish, here.  You can read about the Portuguese Man-of-War, here.  Nasty business.  Purple flags are still flying as of December 14th.  Won't be doing any beaches any time soon barefooted, I can promise you that.



IrishEyesJG said...

Great Photos Carol! They certainly are weird and wonderful creatures.


Becky said...

Across the Gulf from you - at Padre Island - the "Red Tide" had shown up and there were lots of dead fish on the beach as well as several types of creepy jelly fish - including the Man of War. I didn't stay long (2 nights) because it really wasn't any fun walking on the stinking beach!

Becky said...

Oh, forgot to say that your pictures of the Jelly Fish in the water are terrific. I didn't take any photos of the dead stuff on the beach. Gross.

BL said...

Great pix..It appears the first shot in the sand is a moon jelly although with pink stripes it could be a mauve..Pelagia Noctiluca..The next couple also appear to be moon or mauve jellies.,..there is no doubt what the man o war looks like..nasty critter for sure...the sting is mind- bogglingly painful..even when the animal is "dead" lying on the 1st aid product out I saw tested on the Man o War made by Ocean Care administered worked very well..not sure where to buy one but saw it onn there work and thanks...keep your sunny side up..


Jasia said...

Wow, they are beautiful and scary at the same time. But then, much of nature is that way, isn't it? Great pics!