Beaches invaded by thousands of Velella velella

Beach Invaded by Thousands of Mystery Creatures

These palm-size, blueish-purpleish, jellyfish-like creatures washed up overnight at Hollywood and Silverstrand beaches in Oxnard, baffling visitors to the shore. Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

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Velella, a free-floating Hydrozoan living on the surface of the ocean
Velella velella, didn't expect to see many of these little guys out there.
Velella velella, zoo animals and more are featured in our Take 5 today! (By @dontblinkart)
Might be wise to adjust Velella velella number upwards a wee bit - likely at least the 100,000s+ range. Get counting!
By-the-wind sailor (Velella velella), Tremadog Bay, Llyn, Gwynedd, Wales, UK
Stranded Velella (jellyfish), Majorca, Spain
Velella is a cosmopolitan genus of free-floating hydrozoans that live on the surface of the open ocean. There is only one known species, Velella velella, in the genus. Velella velella is commonly known by the names sea raft, by-the-wind sailor, purple sail, little sail
By-the-wind sailor (Velella spirans or Velella velella), photographed at the island of Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
#Scario invasa dalle meduse: la spiaggia si tinge di blu con le Velella velella: #cilento

One long time resident identified them as "sailors of the sea."

But the scientific name for the distant relative of the jellyfish is Velella velella. Unike jellyfish, however, experts say these animals don't have a sting -- some beachgoers were still wary, and were careful not to touch them.

Velella velella are blown in by the wind, but they can't survive long on the shore. And resident say this is a natural occurrence that has happened before.

A couple of weeks ago there were similar sighting, but many here say they've never seen anything quite like this. The local fire department couldn't even identify them.

Check out more reactions to the animal on Twitter
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Beaches invaded by thousands of Velella velella
jellies on the pristine shore! #AfternoonRun #WhyILiveInSanFrancisco
Ecco quello che rimane oggi delle #meduseblu di #Sabaudia sulla spiaggia #velella #barchettedisanpietro #circeo
@Cascadia @MarkHarmel actually, I think it's vellela vellela, Loads of them in SF & BC recently for natural reasons
Velella velella. The skeleton of the hydrozoan. Thousands of them washed up along the Ocean Beach. #aquatic life.
I'm not sure what this thing is but it looks like a half mussel, half jellyfish with a strange mohawk
East Coast girl seeing the velella vellella for myself #Jellyfish

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