Pacific Sea Nettle

I’ve seen very large strandings of jellies on Tillicum Beach before; but it’s been a few years.  In fact, it was February of 2009 and it was moon jellies that were stranded.

Moon Jelly Stranding - Feb 2009
Moon Jelly Stranding – Feb 2009

Every white/grey dot you see on the beach is a moon jelly.

We do not live here full-time.  But we have been workamping at Tillicum Campground for the last 2 years now.

Since January of 2011, I have hardly seen any jellies or sand dollars on the beach.  The agates come and go.

Pacific Sea Nettle Amongst Sea Grass
Pacific Sea Nettle Amongst Sea Grass

Last week the beach was littered with sea grass.  Among the grass were Pacific Sea Nettles.

Pacific Sea Nettle
Size Comparison to a Women’s Size 8

They are a beautiful amber color and much prettier in the Oregon Coast Aquarium display tank.  That’s my favorite display there.

Jellies are subject to ocean currents and tides.  They cannot guide themselves to pursue their prey.  They have to take whatever floats by.

If jellies are on the beach, they call it a “stranding” because the current and tide pushed them up onto the beach and left them stranded there.

Pacific Sea Nettle Flower
The Sea Nettles Make a Purdy Flower

Even more rare than a jelly stranding is a Sea Nettle Sunflower!

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