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An influx of visitors — jellyfish — float in on currents to North Olympic Peninsula

An influx of visitors — jellyfish — float in on currents to North Olympic Peninsula

by Tim Flanagan on October 17, 2011

Arwyn Rice, Peninsula Daily News:

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[A pair of Pacific sea nettles swim together near the surface of Port Angeles Harbor off Ediz Hook on Saturday. A bloom of the jellyfish species has appeared in the harbor with hundreds of the aquatic animals easily visible from boat docks and piers and from along the shoreline. -- Photo by Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News]

With the falling of autumn leaves and return of the chinook salmon comes another seasonal end of the road for another life-form — the jellyfish.

Nearing the end of their lives, open-water jellyfish in the Strait of Juan de Fuca are often washed into bays and inlets by fall and winter currents, sometimes deep into Puget Sound, said Tiffany Pate, naturalist for the Arthur D. Feiro Marine Life Center.

Hundreds of small brown lion’s mane jellyfish were spotted along the Port Angeles waterfront Oct. 9, and on Saturday, swarms of sea nettle jellyfish, with yellow bells and red tentacles, were common off Port Angeles City Pier.

To the east, two good places to look for jellyfish are at Fort Flagler and Cape George, where jellyfish often wash ashore at this time of year, said Anne Murphy, executive director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.

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1 Pauline Barrett October 18, 2011 at 7:07 am

For us armchair naturalists, it would have been nice to include the genus/species of these jellies.

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