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Thursday, July 31, 2014

31/07/2014: Clusters of a jelly-fish like colony is blown ashore on US west coast


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/31/us-west-coast-jellyfish-velellaThe west coast of the United States from Southern California to Washington is experiencing an invasion of jellyfish-like creatures that have washed up on beaches during July, coating the beaches in a purple tinge coupled with a unacceptable smell. Although not poisonous, visitors to the beaches should avoid them as their venom can cause stinging to eyes and mouth.

Known as Velella velella, or more commonly as “by-the-wind sailors,” these creatures regularly cluster offshore in spring, but not with so many coming ashore so late in the year.

Although appearing like jelly-fish, they are in fact colonies of much smaller creatures known as hydrozoans.


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