26 Dec 2013

Happy boxing day from Runswick Bay...

The Bay had its best weather on for our Boxing Day amble. It was a falling neap tide, a gentle breeze and enough sun to make the beach football followed by a little half-hearted naturalizing a t-shirt affair.

We went for a wander beyond the thatched cottage above, scrambling over the Ascophyllum nodosum-covered rock to to the foreshore, it's shale (where you can find heavily flattened ammonites and belemnite guards, some with pyritized phragmacones attached) which is pretty well covered in seaweed. The top of the beach has plenty of rock-fall from the cliffs and is a shell-strewn midden where seabirds eat whatever they have pecked of the rocks or dug up from the sand. Here's a venus shell, Venerupis rhomboides:


And some flotsam; a razor shell (Ensis arcuata, I think) and a piece of Fucus serratus which is home to a fine colony of Spirorbis borealis:


This limpet met its end long enough ago for a polychaete bristle worm Pomatoceras triquiter to have taken up residence and built a home:


A calm Boxing Day view of Kettleness and Dabdike Rocks, knotted wrack on the surface buoyed up by its large air bladders.


Oh yes, and we found a few ammonites, a few devil's toenails and a block of hitherto unseen fossils, of which more in the next post.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoying your blog, which I've just discovered googling for a fossil bivalve...

Andy from andysfossils.com

Peter McGrath said...

Welcome along Andy, I'm now googling for fossil sponges after a boxing day fins...