Thousands of jellyfish washing up on California beaches
San Diego, CA (CNN) - Thousands of mysterious, bright blue sea creatures washing up along California beaches have made their way to San Diego. The sapphire-hued, look like tiny jellyfish and are floating ashore in Del Mar.
Hurricanes of the coast of Mexico are creating extremely warm water and bringing in unexpected guests relatively rare, deep blue jellyfish.
Lt. John Edelbrock – Del Mar Lifeguards: "The scientific name is Valella Valella, and they are a small jellyfish related to Portuguese Men at War.”
Yes, related to the Portuguese men of war. And some beachgoers are wondering why the beaches are still open.
Lt. John Edelbrock: “So bad, let people know, no actually they're something different and they're benign for humans."
And while you can pick these jellyfish up and they're not supposed to be able to sting you, we've heard other reactions.
Natalie Bonebrake – Stung by Jellyfish:” I got stung. My friend shoved it into my arm.”
Tori Pines Junior Natalie Bonebrake says she had a slight rash for a few minutes, and she believe the tiny tentacles on the Valella Valella used for stinging plankton are the reason for the mild reaction.
Natalie Bonebrake: “You can kind of see it, but on the blue you can see the fringes.”
And while the jellyfish aren't posing any real threat the public, heavy surf is expected to hit the coast, over the next few days with wave to be 7 foot by Sunday. If you're not a strong swimmer, check in with the lifeguards.