Thousands of small blue and strange creatures called veil are stranded in greater numbers every year on the beaches of Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Municipality Mayor and marine biologist Josie Osborne believes the warming ocean is responsible for the greater presence of these cartilaginous ring-shaped creatures on the province’s shores.
“We have seen hundreds of thousands of baby babies,” she says. “In the last days, we saw much larger and more mature specimens,” adds the mayor.
The vellum are small carnivorous creatures that live on the surface of the water normally very far from the coast. They can not move on their own and are pushed by the wind. Last weekend, gusts of 56 km / h blew on Tofino.
“It’s a one-way trip that does not end well,” says Osborne. They can not go back to the ocean.”
The sandals do not survive once on the beach. Their body dissolves and what remains of it resembles, depending on the influx, plastic.
“Visitors came to the visitor center and said,” Oh my God, there is plastic waste everywhere on the beach, “says the mayor. But it is not.
The veil can sting, but is not dangerous for humans or dogs, according to the mayor. However, she does not recommend touching them excessively.
Thousands of sandbags had stranded in Tofino in August 2014 and in 2016, while others had found themselves on the shores of Haida Gwaii.