Wander And Wonder: Day 19 (#577)

Thousands of tiny hydrozoans were swept ashore by heavy winds and high tides.

A passing glance as I walked by caused me to imagine little clear plastic discs littering the sand.

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Curiosity made me pick some up to discover they were actually little sea creatures with sails.  (I found the old worn quarter on the beach too; it came in handy for showing the size of the hydrozoans)

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Hydrozoans or “by the wind sailors” are related to jellyfish but do not sting.  They float on top of the ocean directed by the whim of the wind.  Hence the name “by the wind sailors.”

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The blue and purple colors are pretty but they signify that the creatures are no longer living.

Every day’s wandering by the sea is a new adventure.

~ oxo

About TinCanTraveler

Born under a wand'rin' star.... living in my Winnebago, traveling the country, explorer/adventurer, photographer, writer, chi master, massage therapist, retired teacher/counselor, work camper. Grateful for the freedom to do it all. Enjoying life's ultimate lessons of trust, respect, and grace. Inhale love; exhale gratitude.
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8 Responses to Wander And Wonder: Day 19 (#577)

  1. Alice says:

    I love how you give us a science lesson about your discoveries. It makes the sight even more marvelous. Thanks, Annie! PS – Great photography, as usual. : )

    • Oh Alice, I just have to share. These creatures are so amazing as are we. And amazing creatures need a name. Thank you for being with me on this journey. I love and miss you dearly.

  2. Sher says:

    Wow, I never heard of those. How did you know what they were? You never cease to amaze me. Love the pictures

  3. Connie T says:

    I have seen them too. Your pictures of them are nice.

  4. Patti Küche says:

    Oh wow, spectacular!

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