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08-14-2007, 06:16 PM
found it on the beach :dontknow:






yah its a cool jellyfish, the thing sails around the ocean with its own sail









next stop japan


08-14-2007, 06:18 PM
thats a jelly fish? dammm thats pretty neato

08-14-2007, 06:32 PM
Velella jelly fish

08-14-2007, 06:34 PM
should have licked it,it will get you high:D [cheers]

08-14-2007, 06:57 PM
kinda looks like a bottle bottom melted on a tree

08-14-2007, 07:17 PM
that looks fucken cool, did you lick it?

08-14-2007, 07:19 PM
thats cool never seen someting like that[cheers]

08-14-2007, 07:23 PM
Springtime visitors to much of the coast of California are frequently mystified by the appearance of long bluish rows consisting of jellyfish-like creatures that litter the beaches. These are actually masses of thousands of unusual mobile hydroids that normally travel at the surface with the aid of buoyant float tissue. Propelled by winds that act on a somewhat rigid triangular sail held above the float, Velella normally inhabit open ocean waters. The sail is made of a chitinous material and has a distinctive cellophane-like texture. Wind patterns in spring and early summer may cast thousands of these long-distance wayfarers onto beaches all along the U.S. West Coast. Individuals with two types of sails that are mirror images of each other exist in a population - they are thus pushed in opposite directions by the wind. Although previously classified in the Order Chondrophora, recent considerations indicate an alliance with the anthomedusae.

The float and surrounding tissues are endowed with an attractive deep blue pigment. The float contains a series of sealed air chambers that provide buoyancy. Total width of the floating polyp is usually less than 6 cm. Beneath the float is a grouping of several types of zooids, colored brown by the presence of zooxanthellae. A large central mouth is surrounded by shorter reproductive stalks with mouth openings that bud tiny adult medusae that produce eggs and sperm. Multitudes of tiny brownish-green medusae that never grow to more than 3 mm tall are cast off (last photo). These then release the eggs and sperm that produce free-swimming larvae which eventually develop into more floating polyps. It's not known if a planula larva is produced initially, but during the early stages oil droplets are formed that bring the young Velella to the surface. Dangling beneath the rim of the float are hollow tentacles that ensnare fish and invertebrate eggs, copepods and appendicularians. Velella is found in warm and temperate seas throughout the world. Although not dangerous to people, it's best not to handle (or lick them) or touch your face or eyes if you've been touching beached individuals since some irritation may result.

08-14-2007, 07:31 PM

08-14-2007, 07:41 PM
It sails the ocean, so that makes it a Captain [wako]

I got nothing, pretty cool tho

08-14-2007, 07:49 PM
The rickshaw restaurant would buy that from you.

Cool lookin [cheers]

08-14-2007, 08:53 PM
those are pretty cool

08-14-2007, 09:39 PM
No way!!! That is the coolest thing ever!

08-14-2007, 11:23 PM
never seen one of them before

08-15-2007, 08:20 AM
What did it taste like:D Very cool though

08-15-2007, 10:08 AM
very cool...

08-15-2007, 10:39 AM
never seen one of them either

08-15-2007, 11:13 AM
Looks fairly harmless .. Not like the hundreds of thousands of portuguese man-o-wars we use to get back on my beach in Texas .. Them lil bitches sting like you would never believe. they have been recorded with combined tentacle lengths of crazy proportions hundreds of feet long if not more.. There was reports a long time ago of tentacles in south texas over a mile long.. how'd ya like to get wrapped up in that shit???I fell victim many a times not fun ....




muddy mud skipper
08-15-2007, 04:13 PM
man thoughs things are awsome!!!!!!:D cool ass:party0010:

Dirty Girls
08-15-2007, 04:42 PM
Woah, thats cool.

Ive never even herd of anything like it. I thought the ones we had here from time to time.. you know those reallly tiny one you pick up ...were bad..
My mystake.

08-15-2007, 04:47 PM
WOW. Pretty cool how it has that sail.