‘Purple Sailors’: Jellyfish-Like Creatures Pile Up On Oregon Coast in Massive Die-Off

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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.”

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.

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