Come sail away with this Velella velella in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary! 

Vellela vellela, or the by-the-wind sailor, is a small, unique species of jellyfish that has a vertical sail atop its float, helping it to travel. This sail is oriented at a diagonal to the animal’s body axis, allowing it to take advantage of prevailing wind currents that push the animal across the sea. Scientists have found that populations along the California coast tend to have sails oriented to the right, while populations farther west in the Pacific tend to have sails oriented to the left, reflecting differing wind patterns in their respective regions! 

(Photo: NOAA)

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Here’s some relaxing footage of Portuguese man o’war. Lovecraft was given a run for his money before Cthulhu was even cool.

Marrus orthocanna

(no common name)

M. orthrocanna is a species of pelagic (open ocean) siphonophore found deep arctic waters. like all siphonophores M.orthrocanna is composed of arrangements of zooids that are linked together by a long stem and on said stem there are a number of nectophores which allow the colony to move through the water column. at the bottom of the animal is a short orange region called the siphosome which houses the zooids that collect food for the colony. they arent the largest of siphonophores but they can get fairly large growing up to 3-9 ft long and 20 in wide and they totally look like a rocket taking off…

Phylogeny

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“Blue Blubber Jellyfish” (Catostylus mosaicus)

Also known as the “Jelly Blubber”, C. mosaicus is a species of Catostylid jellyfish which is widely distributed throughout coastal areas in the Indo-Pacific, including Australia. Catyostlus mosaicus is a fairly commonly encountered species and can occur in large swarms at times. Like most jellyfish C. mosaicus uses stinging nematocysts to dispatch its prey which typically consists of small fish and zooplankton. C. mosaicus has several color morphs with more southern individuals possessing a white or brown color and northern individuals sporting a distinct blue color. 

Classification

Animalia-Cnidaria-Scyphozoa-Rhizostomeae-Catostylidae-Catostylus-C. mosaicus

Image: Via Fernandez

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Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina)

…a species of sea anemone that can be found on the rocky coasts of the United Kingdom, Western Europe and the Mediterranean. This anemone is highly adapted to its environment and can thrive in high temperatures and dryness, some have even been found in areas with low salt. They also possess a ring of blue tentacles called acrorhagi which are used to fight off other anemones that attempt to invade their space.

Phylogeny

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Haootia, from the Late Ediacaran of Newfoundland, Canada (~560 mya). Named after the Beothuk word “haoot”, meaning “demon”, it measured about 5cm in diameter (2″) and preserves the earliest known evidence of muscle fibers.

Based on the presence of muscles and its fourfold symmetry, it’s been identified as a cnidarian polyp – making it one of the only members of the Ediacaran biota with a clear relationship to other animal groups.

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