Photo 27 Jan 174 notes This is the velella (Velella Velella), a small free floating hydrozoan. It’s currently the only known species in the genus.They’re also known as sea-rafts or by-the-wind-sailors, for the obvious reason that it uses the the “sail” you can see in this image for locomotion. Because of this, they are often found washed up on beaches.

This is the velella (Velella Velella), a small free floating hydrozoan. It’s currently the only known species in the genus.

They’re also known as sea-rafts or by-the-wind-sailors, for the obvious reason that it uses the the “sail” you can see in this image for locomotion. Because of this, they are often found washed up on beaches.

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