On Tuesday 4th April I took part in my first ever Great Egg Case Hunt! The day was organised by the Shark Trust and Wembury Marine Centre, but as we LOVE sharks and rays here at the National Marine Aquarium we decided to get involved!
The sun was shining as we adventured from Wembury Beach across to the sandy shores of Langdon beach, where we came across a variety of mermaid purses. It was really good fun matching the egg cases up with the ID guides to figure out which species of sharks and rays had laid them. We found egg cases from Small Spotted Catsharks, Bull Huss, Thornback Rays and more!
We also carried out a beach clean as we went along. Many people in the community joined us on our mission, which was fantastic to see as it’s so important we all work together to learn more about our local wildlife and look after our beaches. I was sad to discover how many bottle tops, fishing wire and plastic bottles had washed up on the beach, but it was a strong reminder of how important it is for us to keep these items out of the oceans.
On the return to Wembury beach, the Shark Trust logged their findings before children were able to give their egg cases to a beautiful mermaid, receiving a chocolate egg in return. It was a great success and I am keen to go on more egg case hunts and beach cleans over the spring and summer months!