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What if they are obviously alive but dry? Not being a marine biologist, I don't know if that's possible, but would imagine a bit of sand would dry them pretty quickly, but they would live for at least a few minutes longer. Is it safe to use them as some sort of sea-themed fleshlight in that brief period?
So silly. These frequent Australian beaches and sting humans often. You would have to be stung by about 12 at once to then get a fever and potentially die. They hurt.. but a sting will not kill you.
Something pretty cool about the man o war is that they aren't actually a jellyfish, they are a siphonophorae. It's best described as a colony of tiny organisms known as zooids that all co exist to give the appearance of one larger organism.
Have these, also at the Jersey Shore in both Monmouth and Ocean counties, New Jersey, USA. As a child, I stepped on one, still can remember the agonizing pain.
Don't roll in them and you won't die. The stingers remain active and painful long after the animal is dead and balloon is deflated. Swimming into one has caused shock.
They are called Blue Bottles and are very common in Australia. If you get stung pour white vinegar on the sting. They hurt but won't kill you.
What a hilarious over reaction and I presume a joke. We have 100's on our beaches here in South Africa. They're certainly NOT lethal! They do sting but it's not that bad. Just put vinegar on sting or in an emergency urine. Seriously no big deal.