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Thousands of Blue Sea Creatures Wash Up on Local California Beaches
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee

Posted on 07/30/2014 7:22:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Social media is teeming with pictures of small bright blue sea creatures washing up all over California beaches, with sightings reported in Humboldt County, Monterey and Ocean Beach.

Despite being described as "strange," "bizarre," "mysterious," and even "aliens," it turns out these creatures have a name.

Marine researchers are calling it Velella velella, a name the Santa Cruz Sentinel said sounds "like a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film." "Some people call them jellyfish, but they are in fact only distantly related and only superficially similar," said Rich Mooi of the California Academy of Sciences.

The small delicate-looking marine invertibrates are commonly called "by-the-wind sailor." They are 40-80 mm long as adults and are characterized by a clear, chitinous semicircular sail sticking above water.

Velella can be found floating at the sea surface. They feed on zooplankton and fish and their predators are snails. They generally float offshore but can be blown onshore in large numbers.

Nobody knows for sure why so many are washing up this late in summer.

Although they are related to the Portugese man-o'-war -- notorious for its stinging ability -- Mooi said Velella is completely harmless to humans but doesn't recommend eating them.


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1 posted on 07/30/2014 7:22:33 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Sharknado imitation.


2 posted on 07/30/2014 7:26:28 PM PDT by Redcitizen (Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things.)
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To: nickcarraway

~~~Mooi said Velella is completely harmless to humans but doesn’t recommend eating them.~~~

Doesn’t recommend eating the humans?


3 posted on 07/30/2014 7:27:22 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: nickcarraway

This is common. We called them portagee sailors when I commercial fished on the beach.


4 posted on 07/30/2014 7:30:03 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: nickcarraway
Velella velella Timeline starting 1998. Common, but the Greenies will all
run around with their hands in the air crying the end of the world.

Blame Clinton..

5 posted on 07/30/2014 7:33:10 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: nickcarraway

Velella Velella, one woman’s erotic journey from Milan to Minsk.


6 posted on 07/30/2014 7:36:39 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: nickcarraway

I was walking along the beach (PB in San Diego) very late one night (~2 am) when a large grunion run started. I ran to my apt next to the beach and called the local rock n roll station and told there was a grunion run in north PB. 15 minutes later there must have been 500 people running around with buckets grabbing the grunion by the fist full. Fun times.


7 posted on 07/30/2014 7:40:23 PM PDT by lafroste (matthewharbert.wix.com/matthew-harbert)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting.


8 posted on 07/30/2014 7:50:21 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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9 posted on 07/30/2014 7:51:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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10 posted on 07/30/2014 7:54:10 PM PDT by ETL 2
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11 posted on 07/30/2014 7:55:34 PM PDT by ETL 2
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Quick can them as is and ship them off to Japan for sale, we’ll make millions!!!!


12 posted on 07/30/2014 7:59:20 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the rumors about a cult of lemming smurfs is true.


13 posted on 07/30/2014 8:00:01 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (What is the differnce in spontinaity and ADD?)
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To: dfwgator

“I’m not ‘necessarily’ saying they are aliens....but they are aliens.”

(according to ancient astronaut theorists)


14 posted on 07/30/2014 8:00:22 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: Redcitizen

yes a Velelnado


15 posted on 07/30/2014 8:00:53 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: nickcarraway

What wonders God has made!


16 posted on 07/30/2014 8:04:59 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

Gaia is trying to tell us something. What can it be?


17 posted on 07/30/2014 8:22:25 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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That southern California is about to turn into a huge, quaking sinkhole? Sure this has nothing to do with the water main breaks in Westwood or the tremor off Manhattan Beach all in the same day?


18 posted on 07/30/2014 8:39:53 PM PDT by ponygirl (Be Breitbart.)
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To: nickcarraway

Fleeing the blue lagoon?


19 posted on 07/30/2014 8:45:54 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: lafroste

I want to go see the grunion run someday. I commercial fished smelt up north with an A-frame net. The grunion are a different critter and I would like to see how the runs differ.


20 posted on 07/30/2014 9:03:50 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (It's a shame nobama truly doesn't care about any of this. Our country, our future, he doesn't care)
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To: nickcarraway

Only in CA can ya see small bright blue sea creatures
described as strange, bizarre, mysterious, and alien crawling up on the beaches.


21 posted on 07/30/2014 9:13:52 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: ETL 2
If that is what the little critters look like...they are beautiful.
22 posted on 07/30/2014 9:13:52 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (waiting for my Magic 8 ball to give me an answer)
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That southern California is about to turn into a huge, quaking sinkhole?

Now you're making me homseick for southern California. I enjoyed Westwood, I enjoyed Manhattan Beach, and I especially enjoyed the (small) earthquakes. An earthquake resets your whole day. One of my high school teachers actually moved to Arizona to avoid "the big one."

No, I bet Gaia was telling us that we need to abandon capitalism and embrace the glorious all-powerful state, in order to combat global warming. Isn't that what she always says?

23 posted on 07/30/2014 9:41:55 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad

Their jellyfish.


24 posted on 07/30/2014 9:57:23 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: nickcarraway
Video of vellela vellela in Menorca.
25 posted on 07/30/2014 10:03:33 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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Should be “velella velella.”


26 posted on 07/30/2014 10:05:18 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: nickcarraway

Look similar to Portuguese Man- o- War.
Do they have long stinging tentacles?
Get a tentacle wrapped around your leg and it feels like you stepped in a fire.


27 posted on 07/31/2014 4:59:58 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Vinnie

Note to self....
Read complete article before jumping in. Duh!


28 posted on 07/31/2014 5:02:25 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: nickcarraway
Just wait until the big one surfaces ...


29 posted on 07/31/2014 8:05:46 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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