Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Western Undercliff this morning







This morning att Low water on the small piece of beach by the Western Undercliff, Ramsgate was certainly a day for dog walking. The wind was a chilly northerly, the sky was blue and the tide was out which was enough to have the dog walkers out in force.
Today I started my survey in the usual adopted pattern by walking the short strandline then out to the low water mark adjacent to Western breakwater rocks and across the Bay around the three main groynes.
The strandline was generally free of litter with most items being natural to the marine environment. Dogfish egg cases and mermaid's purses (Thornback ray egg cases) were present, I counted 36 dogfish egg cases and 7 mermaid's purses , surprisingly there no whelk eggs cases or dead crabs to be seen which was unusual. On the patches of sea coal lower down the beach I picked up 5 bead size pieces of Amber and a few European Cowries. The low water was a good one and I was able to get out to a fair distance.
Out by the Western Breakwater rocks it was noticeable that many oysters had become detached from the rocks and were now bedded in the sand, some being a big as the palm of my hand. Higher up on the rocks there was some flotsam and jetsom which was mainly wood and a few plastic drums.
Looking across the bay I could the sea birds were keeping a safe distance from the dog walkers by staying on the mussel covered rocks on the low water mark. Walking slowly across the bay over the mussel beds I was able to count 42 turnstones and 27 oyster catchers.
I took some photographs which I have posted, the top left is interesting and it is of a pile of concrete that has been dumped on the low water mark many years ago. As you can see from the photograph oysters have attached themselves to the solid base. The photograph below is of the strandline which is small and easy to survey. The photograph to the right was taken at the low water mark beside the rocks of the Western Breakwater looking towards the shore.

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