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Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches.

Strange sea creatures invade California beaches

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    Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:58 PM - Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches.

    They are called "by the wind sailors," but the scientific name is Velella Velella.


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    The creatures have a clear, distinctive fin sticking up from a blue, oval body about the size of the palm of a hand.

    By-the-wind sailors do sting to catch their food, but they are not a threat to humans.

    David Cader, director of education at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, says the "sting is not very potent."

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