After a week of sub zero temperatures and cold northerly winds, the conditions were perfect this morning for looking for Baltic Amber on the foreshore at Cliftonville. However, instead of depositing seaweed, flotsam and jetsam on the tide line the exact opposite had happened. The tide had completely cleaned the beaches taking everything out to sea leaving only the normal marine life casualties we are accustomed to in cold weather. In Walpole Bay, the marine birds were happily feeding on the Velvet Swimmer Crabs pictured that had been stunned by the cold and washed up into small piles along the beach. In Palm Bay, there were the usual large items washed ashore like a few big lumps of timber and this marker Buoy pictured. Nature had cleaned the beaches well and looking in either direction it was obvious that nothing significant had come ashore, it was just so amazing to see the beaches so clean and natural. Looking out to sea was not so inviting watching the hostile looking waves rolling in off Foreness Point along with some sleet and snow from the North.