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The Great Eggcase Hunt
Great Eggcase Hunts
Join the countryside ranger and have fun helping to hunt for Skate/Ray egg cases (mermaidís purses) along the shore at Torrisdale Bay and Melvich Bay. Letís see who can find the most and win an Easter egg. We will try and identify any egg cases we find and the results will be sent to the Shark Trust to help protect these fascinating fish species.
Torrisdale Bay 15/4/06 - meet at car park at the Strathnaver Bridge by the Skelpick Road (grid ref: NC 711603) at 10.30am.
Melvich Bay 16/4/06 - meet at Melvich Beach car park (grid ref: NC 887648) at 10.30am.
Further Details Tel: Paul Castle, North Sutherland Countryside Ranger 01641 521884
Paula's Egg Case
The Great Eggcase Hunt
Orkney has reported to the Shark Trust that they have some very large eggcases and after a comparison of them with several museums, it is firmly believed that they belong to the Common Skate which is rare nowadays although years ago was a common site (they can grow up to 3m in length!)
You can collect eggcases at any time, skate and ray eggcases are washed up on to our beaches all year round. The best time to look, however, is after stormy weather when lots of seaweed and debris have been thrown up on to the beaches. Eggcases are often found in amongst seaweed on the strandline, so keep your eyes peeled they can be difficult to spot at first.
Eggcases are very light when they are dry and the wind can blow them up the beach. The back of the beach, along cliffs or dunes can often be a fruitful location to search.
Whilst youíre on the shore:
It is a great activity and gets you out of the house and enjoying nature whatever your age.
Personally I am organizing an eggcase
hunt on Strathy beach on Saturday 15th April and then Sunday the 16th
April I will be on Dunnet Beach.
You can find more information out at www.sharktrust.org/eggcase
The results for 2005 have now been collated and over 2100 eggcases from 142 different beaches around the UK and Ireland were found. Unfortunately no beaches around the north of Scotland or even above Aberdeen were included. Letís make a difference this year and see what the Far North has to offer.
Hope to meet you at Easter.
Shark Trust Eggcase Hunt
For all the details and records of hunts already taken place