Understanding 'Jellies'

Jul 7, 2015

  There may be a lot of beached jellyfish on the sand along the coast these days, but that’s just an indicator of a productive year for these strange and ancient creatures.

  

  Two common types of jellyfish often found along the North Coast are the Moon jellies (above, right) and the valella valella, which has a sort of "sail" that can catch the breeze on the surface of the sea to propel it. But if it happens to catch on onshore wind, it may end up stranded on a beach.