Velella velella

May 10, 2002
From: Glenn Nelson

Yesterday we found large numbers of Velella this washed onto the Santa Cruz beaches on the north side of Monterey Bay, California. I would never have known what they were, but a passing windsurfer said they were related to Portuguese Man-of-War.

A quick search led me to this site and also this page of excellent photos:

Glenn Nelson
Santa Cruz, California

Nelson, G., 2002 (May 10) Velella velella. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Glenn,
Bill Rudman

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