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Watch where you step! These jellyfish are known to beach themselves every so often (KTRK)

Thousands of jellyfish washed ashore on Florida's Hallandale Beach.

Authorities posted photos to the city's Facebook page last Thursday.

The bluish-purple jellyfish are called "velella" or nicknamed "blue sailors." They are not known to sting, but they often travel with stinging Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish.

The sea critters have bodies designed to allow them to sail away from shore.

However, strong winds can catch the fins and carry them onto beaches.

City officials say it happens about every three years.

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