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Copyright: Richard Eccleston (Klapaucius) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (92)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-15
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
Exposure: f/7.9
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-17 6:29
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On receiving news that "a load of blue dummies have been washed up on the beach" I thought I should go down and take a look for myself.

From a distance, it looked like the remains of a ship's cargo, a delivery of condoms or dummies or some other plastic item, washed up on the Kenyan beach.

People all around gazed in amazement and wonder - and confusion - at the hundreds, maybe thousands, of blue objects.

It was only as I came close to the piles of blue plasticky things, that I thought they looked like bathroom plugs.

Closer inpection revealed the true identity of the strange objects: Jellyfish.

The only name for their species that I have heard is "By the Wind Sailor" Jellyfish, or "Vellele" in French according to one source, but I presume from the sail that they float on the surface. The wind the night before must have blown them in to the beach, and the tide then deposited them all.

It is quite wondrous what odd and perverse creatures live on the planet.

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