#30DaysWild – Day 8 – The Ocean

Winkle on Elmer Beach taken as part of the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild challenge for World Oceans DayTWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_08As today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day it gives me a good excuse to share a couple more of my photos from Elmer Beach on the South Coast.

To me there’s nothing more wonderful than walking along the beach on a warm day and watching the sea roll in. I’m fascinated by waves (I can watch them for hours!) but do try and look closer at the marine life around me, including sea birds that rely on foraging for bugs when the tide goes out.

As you saw in my previous post, on Elmer Beach I discovered colourful anemones keeping cool in the rock pools. Their companions were barnacles and more winkles than I’d ever seen congregated in one place, a few of them venturing onto the wet sand and leaving mysterious trails behind them.

Winkle trails on Elmer Beach taken as part of the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild challenge for World Oceans DayIn the photo above the double tram lines are definitely created by a winkle (I saw one making the same lines) but I have no idea what made the small water-filled hole that the tram lines run through. There were lots of them on the beach and to me they remain a mystery.

Sandpiper on Elmer beach taken as part of the Wildlife Trusts #30DaysWild challenge for World Oceans DayWe left the beach before the birds started coming in for their evening feed and this lone sandpiper was one of the few sea-birds I saw. I’m calling it a sandpiper because I really don’t know whether it’s a common sandpiper, a dunlin or a sanderling. Or something else. What I do know is that this little fella is precious because someone has tagged him and is monitoring his progress in life and keeping an eye on his wellbeing.

Every time I visit a beach I discover something new to me. Birds, bugs, unique animal behaviour – they all enrich my life and it’s fun seeing these things for myself and not on a TV programme. We need to protect our oceans right now so that those who come after us can experience these things for themselves and not have to rely on recorded images of what has been. After all, you can’t smell the sea while watching it on TV!

Have you visited a beach recently and discovered something new?

 

 

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