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Wildlife Spotting: Velella Velella on Olympic Coast

Posted by Loren Drummond at Apr 28, 2015 06:35 PM |

Trip reporter lildoppler recently hiked the Sand Point portion of the Ozette Triangle Loop and spotted some of the Velella velella that have been showing up en masse on Washington's coast and making headlines.

Trip reporter lildoppler recently hiked the Sand Point portion of the Ozette Triangle Loop and spotted some of the gorgeous Velella velella that have been making headlines by showing up en masse on Washington's coast.

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Velella velella up close. Photo and trip report by lildoppler.

The creatures are a relative of anemones, corals and jellyfish. Their unusual upright structure helps them sail across the surface of the ocean. Another trip reporter spotted them on beaches at the Westport Light Trail.

Read the full trip report, and then learn more about the sea creatures and why they're showing up in numbers on Washington's beaches in this great piece from Sharon Wootton at the Everett Herald.

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