Velella

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Velella’s are very unique sea creatures (Hydrozoa to be exact) that I found washed up on the beach recently. This one caught my eye instantly due to the range of colors from clear to dark blue.

Title: Sea raft
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


As you can see, Velella’s are transparent at top with what looks like a fin, but is actually a wing that helps them sail across oceans. Sometimes they get stranded on the beach and have no way of getting back to the ocean.

Title: By-the-wind sailor
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


It’s easy to miss a Velella at first glance but once you notice the vibrant blue bottom, it’s hard to look away.

Title: Purple sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


This is what happens when a Velella is left in the sun for too long, it turns transparent and almost crispy.

Title: Little transparent sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

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