Archive of: Marine

  • 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.

  • Living Seas marine recording round-up

    Living Seas marine recording round-up

    We have finally reached the end of 2020, and what a year it has been for all the wrong reasons. But we were lucky enough to get out and about on the shore a few times over the summer to create some videos for National Marine Week

  • Merry Marine Christmas

    Merry Marine Christmas

    Ella Garrud, Living Seas Officer, shares some facts about festive marine wildlife

  • All washed up

    All washed up

    ​As the winter weather arrives, we often get stormy and turbulent seas, resulting in all sorts of things washed up on our beaches.

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