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Jellies on the Horizon

Watch where you step along the shoreline, By-The-Wind-Sailors are back for the season.

Jellies on the Horizon

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.

Avila Beach Cleanup Festival 2015

Saturday, June 13th; 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Avila Beach Cleanup Festival 2015

Join the Central Coast Aquarium for our 4th annual beach cleanup at Avila Beach! As in past years, the primary goal is to coordinate and manage the community cleanup of Avila Beach above and below the ocean's surface, while also promoting the stewardship of our treasured coastal marine resources. 
 

Sneak Peak! 2015 Summer Camps

The CCA is gearing up for another exciting summer camp season!

Sneak Peak! 2015 Summer Camps

If you love the ocean and the animals within it, then sign up for the Central Coast Aquarium's popular marine science summer camps!

 

Campers spend the week engaged in fun-filled, hands-on marine science activities, including ocean shore exploration, experiments, and project, crafts, games, and more ocean related activities!