"Beach Scene: Vellela Jellyfish" Top 5 Page for this destination Point Reyes Station Favorite Tip by jessicadf

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Favorite thing: We saw numerous jellyfish washed up on the shore. At first we weren't sure what they were, but upon closer examination, there could be no doubt. What else could they be, after all? Sometimes we'd run across piles of dried up ones, that had lost their blue and seemed like husks of dry leaves, buried in the sand.

Further research found some info on this creature. From http://www.nps.gov/pore/pdf/resourcepaper_habitat.pdf:

Occasionally when walking the beach you?ll find jellyfish washed up along the shore. One of the most peculiar looking of these doesn?t even look like a jelly. The ?by-the-wind sailor,? also known as Vellela, looks like a rumpled piece of cellophane with blue or purple dye along its edges. Under certain conditions Vellela will be strewn in lines for miles down the beach. What are these conditions?

As the name ?by-the-wind sailor? suggests, Vellela is distributed by the wind and appears on our shores usually in spring after the first strong westerly winds of the year, having been blown here from somewhere out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Updated May 28, 2003
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