Archive of: Ella Garrud

  • Spooky Seas

    Spooky Seas

    Halloween season is upon us, so here’s a roundup of some spooky creatures found under the waves in Sussex.

  • Cephalopod beaks

    Cephalopod beaks

    When most people think of animals with beaks, they think of birds. But did you know that a group of marine animals also have beaks?

  • Fish tail tales

    Fish tail tales

    You may have noticed that different species of fish have different shaped tails. These different shapes have evolved over time depending on the lifestyle of the fish.

  • What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    Mermaid’s purses are not the only egg cases that can be found in the strandline. Common whelk (Buccinum undatum) egg cases are also a fairly common sight. They are a mass of small spongy balls that could indeed be confused for sponges. In the past, sailors did actually use them as wash balls! The first whelks to hatch are cannibalistic and will eat their still developing siblings to give themselves a burst of energy to help them survive in the open ocean.

  • What can be found on the strandline #4 Shells

    What can be found on the strandline #4 Shells

    While beach combing in the strandline, you will likely come across a number of shells from different species of molluscs. These shells are most often empty as the animal inside has died and likely been eaten. We explore the most frequently seen shells on Sussex beaches.

  • What can be found on the strandline #3 Crab shells

    What can be found on the strandline #3 Crab shells

    If you find a crab shell in the strandline, it is likely not a dead crab but actually a moulted crab shell. Over their lifetime, crabs moult (or shed) their shell many times as they grow.

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