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Post by Rogue on Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:34 am

Billions of jellyfish wash up on beaches from San Diego to British Columbia
AUGUST 23, 2014 4:22PM

That’s an awful lot of jellyfish.

Billions of Jellyfish wash up on beaches 232431-966d3194-2a7b-11e4-9127-4fc86beefa46That’s an awful lot of jellyfish. Source: Supplied

BILLIONS of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on numerous beaches on the West Coast, baffling scientists and locals alike.

Beaches all the way from San Diego to British Columbia are now covered in a mysterious species of fish known as “by the wind sailors,” or their scientific name, velella velella.

Not much is known about these four-inch fish distinguished by a gas-filled fin, which tells us that wherever they travel is entirely dependent on the wind and currents, Daily Mail reports.

They are very similar to jellyfish, both in looks and the way they sting their prey, though their stingers are too weak to penetrate human skin.

Their diet consists of only plankton and they regularly travel by the million.

Velella velella sightings have become more and more regular since they were seen on a Humboldt beach a little over a month ago.

And now over a thousand per meter have been counted along the California shores.

They live thousands of feet below the surface so, like many other sea creatures, their influx is believed to be caused by rising water temperatures.

This article was written by Sean Levinson from Elite Daily and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/billions-of-jellyfish-wash-up-on-beaches-from-san-diego-to-british-columbia/story-fnjwkt0b-1227034233043
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Post by Kaere on Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:42 am

Ewwwww... but weird.
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Post by Lenzabi on Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:26 pm

Our Oceans are dying
the low oxygen is where Jellyfish thrive, that these deep water ones came up shows a change in the currents that will be bad for many reasons, warm water going deep will thaw the methane hydroxates deposits below and release more methane which is a worse greenhouse gas than carbon.

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Post by Agartha on Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:47 pm

^^ Yes Len, I agree......what about Fukushima? Could they have escaped a current full with radioactive toxic waste???


They are actually gorgeous!!!

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