Then saunter down that terrace whence the sea All fair with wing-like sails you may discern; be glad and say, "This beauty is for me- A thing to love and learn.
When wave and sunshine meet"  : Jean Ingelow (17 March 1820 – 20 July 1897) was an English poet and novelist.

Yesterday my husband and I were invited over to my son and daughter-in-law’s for the day. Unfortunately, Kathryn wasn’t well enough to join us on our walk alone the shoreline on Clacton-On-Sea . When I was younger, I had been to Clacton but It didn’t impress me as I found it to be a tourist destination rather than a place to see the natural world. My son took us to a lovely spot where he was able to walk his dog and I was able to walk along part of the breach. The tide was high and it was quite choppy too.

Among the shells we found lots of interesting seaweed too.

Among a tangle of seaweed I found what is known as a mermaid purse. The small black or brown pods can look like the air bladder of some common brown seaweeds, but it is the egg capsule of the lesser spotted dogfish. Dogfish are a small shark that are bottom feeder living on molluscs, crustaceans, and small fish. The egg capsule is anchored by its tendrils to seaweeds after five to eleven months the young dogfish hatches out.

The Common Whelk is a flesh-eating sea snail. It has a distinct groove at the bottom of its shell where a tube extends to detect food and take in clean water. Often dozens of whelks converge on a body of a dead crab or fish to feed. They clean up the bottom of the seas. The whelk grows up to six inches long and is the largest British sea snail. It lays its eggs in a pale yellow sponge-like mass of several hundred eggs.

Low-Water Mark Seaweeds: Carragheen (Chondrus Crispus) grows on all types of shore where there are rocks or stones. The fronds which grow in clusters, have either a distinct flat stalk, repeatedly forked six to eight times. They are usually purplish red in colour but may turn green in strong sunlight.

Dulse (Palmaria palmata) The various large brown forked, seaweed and has fan-shaped frond. It’s attached by a small disc-shaped base and holdfast to stones at low-water mark.

Edible Oyster

Oysters have been harvested for food since prehistoric times, and were very popular with Romans. By the end of the 18th century vast beds had been established along the coasts town in Britain and Europe.

Have a great week. Chat again soon.


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