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They're back: Velella velella wash up on Oregon beaches

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Velella velella, tiny gelatinous creatures that look kind of like jellyfish, have been washing up on beaches, carried by the wind. (Photo: Tiffany Booth/Seaside Aquarium) Velella velella, tiny gelatinous creatures that look kind of like jellyfish, have been washing up on beaches, carried by the wind. (Photo: Tiffany Booth/Seaside Aquarium)
SEASIDE, OR (KPTV) -

Remember those bluish-purple jellyfish-like creatures that washed up by the thousands on Oregon and Washington beaches a few years ago?

They're called velella velella and they're back.

Tiffany Booth at the Seaside Aquarium said velella velella are "kind of like jellyfish" in their appearance but they're really more closely related to coral.

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Unlike jellyfish, which can move on their own, velella velella have sail-like fins they use to drift with the wind.

As high winds bear down on the Pacific Northwest, the velella velella are washing up on beaches in large numbers.

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The tiny gelatinous creatures most recently washed up on beaches up and down the West Coast in the summer of 2014.

Booth said the velella velella don't post any danger to beachgoers unless they walk over them, since they are very slick.

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