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Blue Button Jellyfish in Gulf Shores

This blue button appears to be floating upside down.

This blue button appears to be floating upside down. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Posted by David McRee at BlotTheBeach.com.

I’ve been getting lots of reports and photos of blue buttons this summer. Most are from either the northern gulf coast, or from the central and northeast Atlantic coast of the state. Several people have commented that they’ve been coming to Florida beaches for decades and have never seen blue buttons. Many are wondering whether there is some natural phenomenon occurring that is causing so many sightings this year.

I don’t have an answer for that.

Ashley sent me these great photos of blue buttons she encountered in Gulf Shores, Alabama, which is just across the Florida line, west of the Pensacola area in the panhandle.

Blue buttons floating in on the tide. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Blue buttons floating in on the tide. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Blue button jellyfish on a Gulf Shores, AL beach. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Blue button jellyfish on a Gulf Shores, AL beach. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Blue button jellyfish (Porpita porpita) in the clear waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

Blue button jellyfish (Porpita porpita) in the clear waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Photo courtesy of Ashley.

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