There are hundreds (thousands?) of these creatures, apparently dead, on the beach. Never saw them until the last few days. I’m not sure how I knew they were skates, but I looked up “blue skate” and that’s what they are. They usually have a tail-like appendage, but none of these washed-up ones do. The blue is very vivid; the diagonal clear part looks like plastic wrap. Indeed, we saw some of the clear parts without the blue base and thought at first that they were discarded/stray pieces of plastic wrap. I wonder if global warming has affected their food supply as it has the supply for the sea lions. Sad. Perhaps tragic. The bell tolls for thee…
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Nope. I am totally wrong on this. They are velella. It is common to find them stranded along beaches at the tide line. The transparent part is indeed a sail. They are carnivorous and eat plankton. Check Wikipedia for more about these beautiful creatures!
An what a gorgeous color blue!