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Littoral egg mass

Observed: 3rd June 2011 By: temerestemeres’s reputation in Invertebratestemeres’s reputation in Invertebrates
littoral egg mass
Description:

This (rather revolting-looking!) eggmass was found on a chalk wave-cut platform at Pegwell Bay, Kent, on 3rd June 2011. It was approximately 20-30cm in diameter, and exposed at low tide (but would have been covered at high tide).

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Comments

bobthebirder's picture

eggs

A similar observation was posted on the Wild About Britain web site, also from Kent. See http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/water-life-forums/51869-unident...

Bob Ford

temeres's picture

eggs

Thanks for that link, Bob. They do look very similar and Broadstairs is just around the corner from Pegwell. Wouldn't have thought squid would lay their eggs so high up, too much exposure between tides, but presumably they can resist intermittent dessication.

Nature girl's picture

Squid eggs

Could they have been washed up on the beach, or were they attached to the substrate when you found them?

Perhaps you can move your observation to the 'invertebrates' section by selecting the 'edit' tab above the observation title and changing the group, then it can be more easily compared to other observations :)

temeres's picture

I'm afraid I couldn't bring

I'm afraid I couldn't bring myself to touch them to ascertain whether they were attached or free-floating. They certainly look attached.

Appreciate the relocation to Invertebrates, which I considered. I opted for Other Groups because I thought they might turn out to be fish eggs. Without a clear category to file the observation under, OG seemed the best bet.

bobthebirder's picture

marine records

Another good reason for adding a marine section to iSpot. It would make a lot of indeterminate marine records much easier to group together. The trouble is "marine" is not a valid systematic grouping, and iSpot does keep to traditional systematics throughout.

Bob Ford