The Velella or boat of St. Peter is a small living creature that appears during the spring season, where you can see entire bays covered by this small cnidar, especially after a heavy storm.
Like other coelenterates, Velella Velella is a carnivorous animal. Catching its prey, generally plankton, through small tentacles that contain toxins in its basal part. Such toxins, despite being effective against its prey, are harmless to humans, for the fact that they can not penetrate the skin and do not cause any reaction to man.
The Velelle are considered by many anglers a good omen, which often coincides with the peak of the season of breams that feed on them greedily.
Content and photos by Antonio Varcasia