Mermaid’s purses and other strandline treasures

Mermaid's purses are the egg cases of certain sharks and rays.

Mermaid’s purses are the egg cases of certain sharks and rays.

Yesterday was stormy all day with gale force winds driving the tide up the shore. This mermaid’s purse was still intact.  It  probably belongs to a nursehound (aka greater spotted dog fish) – which, confusingly, is a type of cat shark (Scyliorhinus stellaris). But this is one egg that won’t make it.

Whelk egg-cases

Whelk egg-cases

The pale, bobbly egg cases of the common edible whelk (Buccinum undatum) look more like some kind of seaweed than something animal.

Whelk and other shells

Whelk and other shells

Shells were the main thing washed up by the storm:

Clam shell

Clam shell

Thick trough shell with small cockle

Thick trough shell with small cockle

Along with all the whole, undamaged shells, were lots of chippings of nacre from oyster shells, making the whole bleach glint in the sunshine.

Oystershell nacre

Oystershell nacre

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