Whitsun Treadings VI: Roa Island

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We went to Roa Island again (after a tip-top picnic on Birkrigg Common – we really must go and explore more thoroughly there). It wasn’t a particularly low tide and the water was pretty cold. Even so, there was, as ever, plenty to be seen.

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Rhizostoma octupus – not an octopus at all, but actually a jellyfish.

As always, there were lots of shore crabs to be found – many were females carrying a clump of eggs. Many others seemed to be at that vulnerable stage where they had recently shed a shell and their new shells were still soft.

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Their markings and colouration vary enormously.

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Lots of the rocks we turned over were smothered with these…..

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…presumably eggs of some sort. Not crabs, I don’t think, but I don’t have an alternative suggestion.

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Not sure at all about this either.

Look carefully into this shallow pool…

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..can you see something snaking across the middle of the picture?

It’s a greater pipefish….

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Every visit seems to deliver something we haven’t seen before. This one was spotted by our friend TJF/

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Brittlestar.

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Starfish.

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We walked farther down the beach than we ever have before, eventually reaching the harbour wall, where judging by the stench, untreated sewage was flowing into the channel. (I’d be pleased to know that my suspicion is wrong about that, if anyone knows better.)

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A whelk?

It’s entirely possible that the huge clusters of eggs we saw were whelk eggs. Whelk roe anyone?

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A shanny.

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Also a shanny, possibly the same one.

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We found quite a number of these large, appealing shells – wrinkled and rippled without, shiny and super-smooth within. Oysters I presume.

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We often see, and catch, prawns and shrimps, but I’ve not had much luck with photographing them before. I think that this is the former – maybe a common prawn.

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Always a grand day out. Hopefully we’ll be there again before the summer is out.

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Whitsun Treadings VI: Roa Island

5 thoughts on “Whitsun Treadings VI: Roa Island

  1. You missed the fun in the park accompanied by a fine chines takeaway – trust me to recall the food parts 🙂

    Roa Island is a real favourite (with me and TJF anyway). Challenge for next week is whether we can find anything half as interesting at Towyn. Great end to a great week

  2. Peter says:

    That’s a monster jellyfish. I always wonder if i ought to try and re-float ones I’ve seen just on the tide edge, but caution of stings and not knowing if they’re already too damaged to survive usually means I don’t.try.

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