Hunt for the Missing Purse

20th August 2007, Monday

Last Friday saw a few select visitors head down to Rye Harbour to help hunt for Mermaid’s Purses that get washed ashore on the beach. These are the eggcases of skates and rays. Once found, they were collected, identified and then the results get sent off to the Shark Trust to help with their research into locating nursery grounds in the UK waters. In total we found 52 Thornback Rays, 14 Spotted Rays, 3 Undulate Rays and 1 Blonde Ray.

Thornback Ray Eggcase

Thornback Ray Eggcase hiding amongst bittersweet and sea kale plants

When you are next down on the beach keep an eye out for these eggcases, collect them, then please hand them into Lime Kiln Information Centre along with details of the date and location that they were found. The eggcases will then be identified and the results sent off to the Shark Trust to help with their research.