On 19 October 2014, I wondered if we'd seen the last of the live By-the-wind Sailors (Velella velella) washing ashore in 2014. Well, I don't know if anyone else has seen others since then, but Eric and I spotted three individuals on Salmon Creek Beach on 27 October 2014.
All three were very small — 10, 12, and 15 mm long. Here's one example:
Bieri (1977) proposed a growth rate for Velella of ~0.5 mm per day. If this estimate is accurate, these individuals could be ~20-30 days old, and it's possible they're the offspring of the adults that were visible in late summer/early fall.
So it's not quite the end of the 2014 Velella strandings yet. Let me know if you see others washed ashore (or floating at sea)!