Velella velella sting to catch their food but the sting is not very potent so humans shouldn't get hurt. The sea-creature uses its tentacles, that are like a jellyfish, to catch plankton and fish eggs. The creatures float on top of the ocean leaving them at the mercy of the wind and the current.
"A lot of people probably never knew an organism like this existed in the world," Bader said. "And you know the winds change, and all of a sudden they wash up on shore and we get to see what the ocean is really made of."
Source Article: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/us/california-sea-creatures/index.html?hpt=us_t5
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