Have you spotted any ‘By the Wind Sailors’ blown off course by the storms? (Photos)

These beauties are usually found out on the open seas, but several have been spotted on the Isle of Wight coastline over the last couple of weeks

By the Wind Sailors spotted by Holly Maslen

Following Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis there have been many sightings around the Isle of Wight coast of these beautiful creatures.

Velella velella, or By the Wind Sailors as they’re more commonly known, are a type of jellyfish that floats on the surface of the sea. During strong winds they can be blown onto the shoreline.

There have been several postings on Facebook groups of the jellyfish on Island beaches. Don’t worry they’re not poisonous and won’t sting if you pick them up, but scientists at Oregon State University say to avoid them because they carry a mild neurotoxin.

Bembridge beauties
Our thanks to Isle of Wight artist, Holly Maslen, for sharing her photos of the beauties spotted earlier this week.

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By the Wind Sailors spotted by Holly Maslen
By the Wind Sailors spotted by Holly Maslen
By the Wind Sailors spotted by Holly Maslen

If you spot anything unusual on the beach, do let the Marine Conservation Society know (via their Website).

This great video below shows the Velella in their natural habitat, the open ocean, and what it looks like when they are blown to shore.

Friday, 21st February, 2020 12:02pm

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2 Comments on "Have you spotted any ‘By the Wind Sailors’ blown off course by the storms? (Photos)"

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Tamara

Thank you for the lovely photos and video. I know these jellyfish by another name – oyster thief.

Mark L Francis

Thieves, rapists -but I expect some of them are good people…