Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Another Place

The statues at Crosby might look like they are lonely, but they are far from alone. This one for example is covered from head to toe in barnacles, most likely Semibalanus balanoides.

There are thousands of waders and gulls on the beach.

Waders here include knot, dunlin, redshank, grey plover, curlew and oystercatcher.

The most amazing thing we found today, was this, a sea mouse Aphrodita aculeate. These creatures are a type of worm which feeds on carrion and can be found at depths off up to 3000m! They are very rarely found washed up, and certainly I've never seen one before.

Our luck was in today. Not content with one, we found a second sea mouse!

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