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Can you say Velella velella? – Photo Wednesday

Jellyfish Velella velalla, on an Oregon beach, April 2015. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Meet Sailor on the Wind, or Velella velella. There were millions of these jellyfishes on the beaches of Oregon this past spring. Piles and piles of them. This one was fairly fresh, not all dried up.  Quite beautiful, actually. I didn’t touch it, I read somewhere that they contain a mild neurotoxin…

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, on the Dry – Photo Wednesday

Today’s picture is from my old files of things that live around here…

During a walk on the beach at low tide in the summertime, quite a few lion’s mane jellyfish were trapped at low tide, and dried up.  Some of them can be quite sizable, and if you try to lift them (not with your hands, but with a stick, say, or a paddle if you are in a kayak), you find out how heavy these creatures are…

This one was high up on the beach, blown there by wind and wave action, dead and drying up. It looked like a fine glass object. Abstract art. I am guessing that this is the pattern of what passes for “muscles” in a jelly.
Lions Mane Jelly Dry WL