You can call me Mono - it's a pleasure to meet you. Here you'll find updates from a Master of Science (Zoology) student at Melbourne University, Australia. This is a mismatch of a place; expect updates from within Uni and from out of it. I post about both zoology and its domestic cousin, animal science, and mix photos and pictures with lengthy discussions.
The West Coast of the US is filling up with by-the-wind-sailors!
Millions of Velella velella have been washing up on beaches from Southern California to Washington, and millions more have been spotted floating offshore. By the wind sailors are hydrozoans - they look like one organism, but are made of several individuals travelling in a colony.
It’s unknown why these animals are washing up this year, or why the phenomenon is happening later than expected, but scientists say it may be due to the unusual winds in the area this year.