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By-the-wind sailor

Velella velella


I think it was a Physalia physalis, but I'm not sure

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DavidSantos 11 years ago

I do appreciate the help!
My english is very bad but I'll try to add a description;)
Blue is amazing. The end of summer the beach is full of blue spots!

LauraMaria 11 years ago

Oh yay, that's awesome! I'm glad I could help :) Maybe you could add some info about Velella in the description now :D It's got such a gorgeous blue colour, doesn't it?

DavidSantos 11 years ago

Thanks for the comment!
Yes, it is a Velella velella!

LauraMaria 11 years ago

It's hard to be 100% sure from the picture, it could be a Man o' War (Physalia), but it could be another organism closely related to it called a by-the-wind sailor (it doesn't have the long tentacles that Physalia has, which would probably be visible in the pic). The genus for that one is Velella. If you have a look on Google Images, you could see if it matches more what you saw on the beach :)

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Lisboa, Portugal

Spotted on Aug 11, 2011
Submitted on Dec 11, 2011

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