Shrimping foray

A lovely morning with an early low tide, so I went down to the shore at Pett [a bit outside our area but more accesible] to try my luck with the shrimping net. This was quite hard work as there was a lot of weed, cuttlefish egg masses and spongy items that weighed down the six foot wide net, but very rewarding. Almost immediately I was delighted to see a Pipe-fish, almost certainly Lesser Pipefish; its design enabled it to quickly slip through the net before I could photograph it, but see http://farm1.static.flickr.com/55/133631219_3b52d113b9.jpg [I wonder if that will work ?]
I also caught a Weever Fish and a Sole, both of which disappeared into the sand with impressive speed when released.
On the beach at extreme low tide were a lot of live cockles [Spiny or Prickly, not sure yet], many with extended siphons-the white tubes. I picked one up, expecting to see the tubes withdraw, but instead a three inch long pink “trunk” was suddenly produced- the Foot. Further inspection showed one using this foot to push itself over on the sand.

To be continued…

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