Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Shelling off the Thanet coast.


There is very little on the internet regarding the variety of sea shells that can be found around the Thanet coastline. So I thought I post a photograph of some of todays finds just out of interest for casual reading. In the photograph are the lesser known sea shells that can be found. All were found around the Pegwell Bay  side of Ramsgate though to the northern end of Sandwich Bay. The shells in the bottom right hand corner are interesting because they are Coquina shells and they have a world wide distribution. Generally they are found in warmer waters and I have come across them in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote and in the tropical waters of Cuba. They do vary in colour and the predominate colour off Thanet is pale yellow as seen in the photograph. I am not sure if they are native to this part of Kent or the should I say the northern end of the English Channel. Could they be the result of global warmer or could they be an invasive species like the rock oysters that are appearing everywhere on the chalk reef around Thanet. this is something I will have to look into.

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