Photo of the Week: Velella velella

Arriving by the wind

Thousands of Velella velella, also known as “by the wind sailors,” washed ashore this week. These jellyfish live on the surface of the ocean and are usually between 40 to 80 millimeters long. The presence of these jellyfish on shore is due to the recent storms and strong winds, which can blow these jellyfish onto the beach.

Photo credit: Brittany Hook, Scripps Oceanography

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