fatal attraction: aaron ansarov captures the portuguese man-of-war
 
fatal attraction: aaron ansarov captures the portuguese man-of-war fatal attraction: aaron ansarov captures the portuguese man-of-war
sep 02, 2014

fatal attraction: aaron ansarov captures the portuguese man-of-war


fatal attraction: aaron ansarov captures the portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov / courtesy of national geographic

 

 

 

feared and avoided by beach-goers around the world, the portuguese man-of-war has amazed, frightened and fascinated those within its reach. the colonial organism closely related to the jellyfish species is marveled at for the intricate and vibrant patterns built into its physical being and dreaded for the painful sting it inflicts on unsuspecting swimmers. retired U.S. navy combat photographer aaron ansarov has collected and captured images of these striking creatures, washed up on the beach in florida. national geographic has recently spotlighted the series, revealing the hidden nature of these deep-sea stingers at close range, with a vantage point otherwise undiscovered by the human eye. ansarov’s recent work is being shown at mark k. wheeler gallery at the art institute of fort lauderdale, florida.

 

 


stunning video: the portuguese man-of-war up close
video courtesy of national geographic

aaron ansarov deadly beauty portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov / courtesy of national geographic

aaron ansarov deadly beauty portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov / courtesy of national geographic

aaron ansarov deadly beauty portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov / screenshot via national geographic

aaron ansarov deadly beauty portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov

aaron ansarov deadly beauty portuguese man-of-war
image © aaron ansarov

 

 

read more about the species and the techniques involved in photographing them on national geographic.

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