Garrapata State Park is a state park of California, USA, located on Highway 1 6.7 miles (10.8 km) south of Carmel and 18 miles (29 km) north of Big Sur on the Monterey coast.It is marked only with one sign on the west side of the road.
Garrapata State Park has 2 miles (3.2 km) of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot (15 m) climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. The park also features coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. California sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters while gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.
These photos I captured in Sept 2014 when we went for a long drive on CA Highway 1. There were so many jelly-like creatures on the beach and after looking them I thought it is jellyfish. But after coming back home, I googled about it and found that they’re not exactly jellyfish.
It is called the genus Velella, known as the By-the-Wind sailor, and Porpita, known as blue-buttons.
Velella velella, “by-the-wind sailors”…..Nature’s amazing creativity!