Posted: April 12, 2015 Filed under: U.S. News | Tags: Astoria, Bonneville Dam, California sea lion, Columbia River, Harbor seal, jellyfish, Oregon, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, purple sailors, Sea lion, Velella velella
ROCKAWAY BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures have been piling up on Rockaway Beach in what appears to be a massive die-off.
KGW-TV reports ‘Velella velella’ typically live in the open ocean. When warm water and storms draw them near shore, the wind blows them onto beaches, where they die in piles.
“No, I don’t think they’re edible.”
The animals are like a cousin to the jellyfish.
They are commonly called “purple sailors,” ”little sail,” and “by the wind sailors.”
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.
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