Nice blue Velella Jellyfish, also known as the Sailor, have appeared on the beaches of Jersey Shore in the past few weeks.
Scientists say that due to the strong winds of the Gulf Stream coming north due to the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in September, the sea glass-like Velella traveled to the beaches of New Jersey with wind and tides.
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So far, they have been spotted on beaches in Cape May County, the southern end of the Jersey Shore, and to the north in places like Avon-by-the-Sea and Sandy Hook, NJ.com reported.
On the New Jersey Jellyspotters Facebook group, photographers and beachgoers noticed the pale blue jellyfish typically found in warm, temperate, and tropical waters.
The velella usually hover on the surface of the water looking for food. They are propelled by catching the wind with their rigid, triangular “sail”. As soon as they wash off, the marine animals die. They don’t sting, but scientists say they contain a mild neurotoxin. So avoid touching your eyes or sensitive skin when you come in contact with one.
NJ.com reported that while Velella is usually at sea, Velella doesn’t necessarily wash up in New Jersey. The jellies often travel long distances and are pressed onto the sand by strong tides.
In 2015, millions of Velella were washed up in mass beaches on the west coast. They have also been seen in massive numbers in Oregon and Oregon Parts of Florida.
National Geographic reported that these mass beaches occur on land roughly every three to six years.
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