These natural objects give us fascinating clues to the animals that live just off the beach or further out to sea. Here are some of my favourite objects that I collected from the beach.
There are many egg cases washed ashore. The most common are the whelk egg cases (below)
The dogfish is actually a small type of bottom living shark.
This is what they look like inside the egg case. You can sometimes see them in public aquariums.
Rays, are related to sharks as they both have skeletons made of soft bendy cartilage. This is the same as the bendy parts of your ear and the tip of your nose. Go on, give it a wiggle and see.
Steve once found an egg case after a storm which had a dead baby ray inside.
He hatches them out in a fish tank and then returns them to the sea. When they hatch out they are miniature replicas of the parents.
This is the dried remains of a pipe fish washed up on the beach.
Unknown to the Victorians, another seashell was living on the oyster shells. They are called a slipper limpet (picture below, underside view and top view).