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Sail away...

If you have been on the ocean shore this spring, you've likely seen these interesting looking jellies.

Velella vellela on the beach near Nehalem Bay State Park

The winds have not been blowing in their favor, forcing these offshore residents to wash up en masse onto Oregon's coastal shorelines over the past month or so. For more information about by-the-wind sailors (Velella vellela), see the below fact sheet put together by Oregon Sea Grant.

Link to fact sheet: www.seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sgpubs/onlinepubs/g03004.pdf

Washed up Velella vellela spotted during a recent western snowy plover survey.

For more information about western snowy plovers, visit the following web-page:

www.oregon.gov/oprd/NATRES/Pages/plover.aspx