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The Portuguese Man o’ War is one of the most awesomely…

The Portuguese Man o’ War is one of the most awesomely alien-looking creatures on the planet. It’s not a jellyfish, but a siphonophore, a colonial organism made up of specialized minute individual organisms called zooids, making it seem even more alien still. Photographer Aaron Ansarov carefully captures these otherworldly creatures for a jaw-droppingly beautiful photo series entitled Zooids.

An ex-military photographer with a lifelong fascination with marine life, Ansarov created a special light table that enables him to photograph the Man o’ War with extraordinary detail. They’re immediately released afterwards, and hopefully no one gets stung in the process.

Follow Aaron Ansarov on Facebook or Instagram to check out more of his amazing photos and other art projects.

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