Bluebottle (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis)

Bluebottle (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis)

On our Sunday walk along Piha beach yesterday, we encountered a good number of these bluebottles (Portuguese-Man-o-War, physalia physalis). The tide was way out, and they were left behind. These jellyfish-like creatures normally float on the surface of the ocean, moving as the wind catches in their inflatable air bladder and sail.…