WPC: Shine – Blue Glow

These huge “Blue Bottles” (or Portuguese man o’ war marine organisms) washed up on the Witsand beach after days of intense South-Easter (onshore wind) blowing. In the soft late afternoon sun, they shone with a beautiful blue glow.










A pair of sunglasses for scale ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com

This post is part of the Daily Post | Weekly Photo Challenges | Shine

It is also part of my daily posts for October 2016 – otherwise known as The October Dash

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18 Comments on “WPC: Shine – Blue Glow”

  1. October 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    Don’t really look real do they?

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:16 am #

      Yes, they look like a balloon with strings attached.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

  2. anglogermantranslations
    October 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    I must admit I didn’t trust you. But other images on the Internet have convinced me that these are not plastic thingies. Sorry. 🙂 Wikipedia also refers to them as floating terrors. I’m glad I never encountered them.

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:19 am #

      If I had never seen one, I’d also wonder about them. Living at the coast in South Africa, you grow up with them, and even kids know to get out of the water when they’re around. I have been stung by their tentacles – luckily not badly, but even then it’s painful.

  3. October 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

    Strange & beautiful creatures!

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:20 am #

      Yes, they look like alien organisms don’t they?

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

  4. October 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    Very cool but a little creepy looking. Nice choice for this week’s theme.

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:23 am #

      Thank you! It turned out to be a lucky find in our photo archives.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! 🙂

  5. Eha
    October 23, 2016 at 2:13 am #

    Lisa – what a frightening photo to post on a peaceful Sunday morning here 🙂 🙂 🙂 !! If there is something besides bushfires to frighten one with summer coming it surely is bluebottles!!! Horrid, horrid, horrid creatures one normally sees too late! Does any sting hurt quite as much – over 10,000 Australians each summer will yell ‘no’! And all the anaphylactic reactions . . . we have had no deaths reported but there have been in other parts of the world . . . and many people have to be taken to hospital . . .do you know the longest tentacles reported have been over 30 metres . . . they may look pretty but, oh boy, DO keep away . . .

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:26 am #

      Willie and I have both been stung by blue bottles. Luckily we did not have any anaphylactic shock, but it was still a very painful experience for us both. These blue bottles had tentacles of 2 -3 metres – quite long by South African standards.

  6. October 23, 2016 at 6:35 am #

    Oh wow, they look really scary… wouldn’t like to encounter one of those stingers floating in the ocean… I didn’t know they could come down as far as Witsand.

    • October 23, 2016 at 8:27 am #

      According to Wikipedia (!) they are found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Willie says he’s seen them quite widely around South Africa.

  7. October 27, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Such beautiful creatures, and your photos are delightful!

  8. October 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    amazing creatures, their bodies look like some plastic toy from a weird out-of-space movie. Beautiful in their own way.

  9. March 28, 2017 at 12:49 am #

    This is terrible but it totally looks like a unicorn condom : P


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