By-the-wind Sailor (Velella velella)
This hydroid polyp remains afloat on the suface of the Pacific Ocean for  most of its life.  It never touches or even comes close to the ocean  bottom, and the only stage in its life when it is completely submerged  under water is the larval stage.  The Velella velella begins its life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is brought by the  wind to the shores, and is usually cast up on a beach where it dies and  disentegrates.  The Velella are most common on the high seas, in the  warmer regions of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres… (read more: ADW)  
(photo: Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan)

By-the-wind Sailor (Velella velella)

This hydroid polyp remains afloat on the suface of the Pacific Ocean for most of its life. It never touches or even comes close to the ocean bottom, and the only stage in its life when it is completely submerged under water is the larval stage. The Velella velella begins its life in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is brought by the wind to the shores, and is usually cast up on a beach where it dies and disentegrates. The Velella are most common on the high seas, in the warmer regions of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres… (read more: ADW)  

(photo: Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, Univ. of Michigan)

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