Aaron Ansarov’s colouful and vibrant series ‘Portuguese Man of War‘ is his tribute to these delicate, fascinating, complex and quite dangerous marine creatures. His kaleidoscopic images inspire the imagination seeing different interpretations like aliens, demons, angels…
Due to its outward appearance Portuguese Man of War would likely be mistaken for a jellyfish but it’s not. Actually it’s not even an “it,” but a “they”. Unlike jellyfish it is not a single multicellular organism, but a colonial one made up of specialized individual animals of the same species working together. The most interesting fact is that its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting, which can be fatal.
“How can something responsible for thousands of stings around the world each year be so beautiful? It is not my place to save these creatures, but I feel I am doing them a great service by giving them a beautiful voice and legacy that will last.”
Take a close-up look at Aaron Ansarov’s ‘Portuguese Man of War’ in this short video created by National Geographic.