-- Lolita Harper
Hundreds of thousands of little, globular creatures of the sea washed
up on the shores Tuesday until high tide finally pulled them back home in
Newport Beach lifeguards said the beaches were littered with relatives
of the jellyfish both Monday and Tuesday morning. The circular animals
are called hydroids and vary in size from 1 to 50 centimeters.
The small sea creatures float on top of the water and are carried to
shore by the wind, lifeguards said. Like jellyfish, hydroids are also
packed with stinging cells.
The heaviest sightings of hydroids were at 56th Street in the early
morning. High tide rolled in about 2 p.m today, and by 3 p.m. only a few
Lifeguards did not report any injuries as a result of their presence.