Watch where you step along the shoreline, By-The-Wind-Sailors are back for the season.
Meet Velella Velella, more commonly known as the “By-the-Wind Sailor” or “Little Sail” jelly. On land they appear as transparent discs, not unlike that of a dried round of plastic, but their life cycle is much more interesting that a heap of rubbish. A cousin of the common moon jelly, Velella wash ashore seasonally with the springtime winds which push these jellies all along the Pacific Coast ranging from Southern California to British Columbia. Locally, beaches including Pismo, Shell, and Avila have spotted a large handful of these jellies, but historically they have literally littered beaches in throngs of thousands.