"We went for a morning beach walk and they were all just blowing into the bay and floating underwater," Wallensky told Story Trender. "There must have been thousands of them beached and they were all alive and wriggling. It was the stuff nightmares are made of."
Wallensky filmed the encounter with the wayward creatures, which are known to pack a painful and venomous sting that can last anywhere between a few minutes and several hours. He thought he was lucky to avoid falling into the pile of painful creatures and feel their collective wrath: "It was just horrible to look at them wriggling around and trying to sting you. If you fell in there and got that many stings all over you I can’t imagine you would survive."
In fact, falling into that many Man o' Wars would likely be fatal. Christie Wilcox, a marine biologist at the University of Hawaii, told Gizmodo that related species have been known to kill. Besides, given how painful a Jellyfish sting can be, one would never tempt fate with thousands of their more painful cousins. Still, this particular species of blue bottle is far less venomous and volatile than the Atlantic Portuguese Man o' War, which is commonly referred to as "floating terror," according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.