Velella Velella or By- The- WInd- Sailor

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    I spotted this on a beach in South West Scotland. It is known by the two names above. I spent ages looking at it on the beach - I'd never seen anything like it before and couldn't really fathom out what it was. It was the most beautiful shade of midnight blue. The Marine Conservation Society says of them - "Not strictly a jellyfish but a similar marine animal called a hydranth. Blue-purple, up to 10cm long with an upright 'sail'. Usually found in vast swarms."

    Chris Frear, Cláudia Mathias, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Coneheadkeef 68 months ago | reply

      Wow, thats very unusal and very well captured too.

    2. tristanmillward 68 months ago | reply

      weird, but great shot of it.

    3. Sabinal Sandman 68 months ago | reply

      As a zoologist I gotta say you have shared a great pic! Thanks,

    4. steverichard 68 months ago | reply

      At first I thought it was a piece of glass set into a pebble. Shows how wrong I was. Great spot, Jilly.

    5. jillyspoon 68 months ago | reply

      Thankyou coneheadkeef,tristanmillward, Sabinal Sandman and steve.
      Sabinal, do you know anything more about these creatures. I am really curious about them. In some places on the internet they are described as Portuguese Men of War, but tney don't seem at all the same.

    6. Coneheadkeef 68 months ago | reply

      Here is a Portuguese Man Of War...don't think its the same thing...

    7. jillyspoon 68 months ago | reply

      Thanks for that coneheadkeef. Interesting to see what it looks like in the water. Fascinating little creatures.

    8. GregDouglas 68 months ago | reply

      Fantastic find and great info too.
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    9. **janet** 67 months ago | reply

      Wow, that is just amazing! No wonder you spent a while looking at it, I would have too! It looks like glass.

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