May 22, 2015

Blue (common) Skate
Blue (common) Skate

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…

2 thoughts on “May 22, 2015”

  1. 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!

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