By The Wind

Velella are a curious thing, also known as “by-the-wind sailors.” They’re a type of jellyfish-like creature with a sail that spend their days propelled by the winds on the open seas. While I’ve found a few of them over the years during visits to the beach, I’ve never seen them in such multitudes as I did this past weekend. Apparently it’s not unusual for these mass strandings of Velella to happen, as they occur every few years, but I’ve never witnessed anything of this magnitude before.

 

Velella on the Oregon coast. Photo by Jaklyn Larsen

Velella on the Oregon coast. Photo by Jaklyn Larsen

 

 

The blue colors contrasted with the sand, the sheer multitude making it hard to focus my eyes on just one at a time... Photo by Jaklyn Larsen

The blue colors contrasted with the sand, the sheer multitude of Velella making it hard to focus my eyes on just one at a time… Photo by Jaklyn Larsen

 

What curious sights in nature have you witnessed recently?

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