Beachcombers in the Great Eggcase Hunt

If you’re on a British beach, you might find ‘mermaid’s purses’. These are the empty eggcases of large fish including sharks and rays. An embryo fish has grown inside, hatched and left the eggcase to be washed away. Often it ends up washed onto a beach.

You’ll recall the new protections given to sharks and manta rays. Here’s a guide for identifying shark fins to help Customs officials enforce the rules.

But even if you’re not a Customs offical, if you visit British beaches you can help to conserve sharks and rays. You might choose to report eggcase finds in the Shark Trust’s Great Eggcase Hunt. This is about discovering which kinds of shark and ray breed in our waters. If we know what’s there, scientists can advise on how to conserve these animals.

Here’s an article from the Guardian about how beachcombers can help to conserve sharks. I’m grateful to my fellow bloggers at the Raxa Collective for drawing attention to the Great Eggcase Hunt.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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