WATCH: Colourful jellyfish spotted on Costa Blanca beaches

VELERO: These free-floating animals are usually deep blue in colour. Photo: @R_Geeb and Club Náutico Altea

STRIKING jellyfish have been sighted at the L’Olla beach in Altea on the Costa Blanca.

Hundreds of these marine animals, known as Velella or ‘Velero’ in Spanish, have reached some of the country’s shores.

The Velero jellyfish is one of the few species that live on the surface of the open sea. They are similar to the Portuguese Caravel but their venom is harmless to humans.

These free-floating animals are usually deep blue in colour and have a small stiff sail that catches the wind and carries them over the surface of the sea.

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