Didja Know

Never knew until today that the Portuguese Man o’ War is, in fact, four separate polyps working together to form a single organism.  Read all about it at Earth and Sky:

It may be challenging to think of an animal classified by a single species name – Physalia physalis – as being four separate creatures, but such is the strange reality of this squishy thing. The parts are so interdependent that any one can’t survive without the company of the other three. Sort of like how a ship can’t sail properly without all its crewmembers. Except that — in this case — the skipper, first mate and the rest are all tangled together into one gelatinous mass.

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