Starfish.

Today’s beach spot a number of large Starfish.

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Getting ready for the day.

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Calm after our storm yesterday, Sanderlings back resting on the beach this morning and having a pre-breakfast wash and brush up.

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Dark skies and high winds down at Meon Shore today Sea foam being blown about by the strong winds.

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Sea foam or spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter. As the seawater is churned by breaking waves adjacent to the shore, these turbulent conditions trap air, forming persistent bubbles that stick to each other through surface tension. Spume is a global phenomenon.

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Hares on the beach!

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A new find for me on the seashore this morning 2 Sea Hare’s washed up on the beach. They are a type of sea snail (although they look more like a slug)which are found in coastal UK waters. They are named for their ‘bunny ear’ tentacles, known as rhinophores which are used to detect scents in the water. They have a small shell embedded in their back and fleshy frills either side of their body which they use for breathing. The 2 I found were dark brown but their colours can also be green, red or purple. The colour depends on the type of seaweed they feed on.

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Unfourchantley 1 was dead but I returned the other to the water – it responded by shooting out a purple ink a chemical called opaline, changing the colour of the water around it and my hands! This is part of its defence from predators.

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