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Updated 10/21/2014

Family Porpitidae

WARM SEAS WORLDWIDE

Velella velella

Monterey Bay, California

BY-THE-WIND SAILOR

Occasionally seen along windward shores during storms, in cool waters these may wash ashore by the millions.  Short tentacles are sticky and extend below the buoyant disc.  Delivers a mild sting.  Attains length of 4 inches, usually 1 inch in Hawaii.  Worldwide in warm and temperate seas.

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