Eggcases at Rye Harbour

15th March 2006, Wednesday

Walking along the strandline yesterday morning, I found a total of 31 Mermaid’s Purses. These are the eggcases of skates and rays. Once the infant has hatched the empty eggcase gets washed ashore, and by collecting and identifying them, we can help the Shark Trust locate important nursery grounds in UK waters.

Mermaid's Purses

The eggcases I found included a number of different species, however the find was dominated by 22 Thornback Rays, 5 Spotted Rays, 1 Undulate Ray and 3 Blonde Rays.