• April 13, 2024

Massive Sea Creature Die Off Piling up on California Beaches

ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. – Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures were seen piled up on Rockaway Beach Sunday morning in what appeared to be a massive die-off.

The animals are called Velella velella. They’re like a cousin to the jellyfish.

IMGP0314AThey are commonly called “purple sailors,” “little sail,” and “by the wind sailors.”

The die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.

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Velella velella typically live in the open ocean, but when warm water and storms draw them near shore, the wind blows them onto beaches, where they die in piles.15512472-standard

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