Today we saw a pirate ship out in the bay. The pirates spotted us and made us look for treasure for them!
We hunted along the beach and found ...
|A dinosaur footprint|
|Mermaid's purses - the egg cases from (possibly) an undulate ray (left), |
2 small-spotted catfish (centre) and a nursehound (right)
|Hornwrack - looked like rough seaweed, but it was actually a colony of animals|
|A cuttlefish bone, common whelk eggs and a crab leg|
|Loads of different types of seaweed|
|and beautiful seashells, including limpets, slipper limpets, cockles, |
periwinkles, top shells, thick-lipped dog whelks and a pointed snail
We weren't the only ones looking for treasure on the beach, but the gulls seemed more interested in worms!
The pirates weren't happy with the treasure we'd found and sent us into the rock pools to see what we could find for them. We found lots of beadlet anemones and one very pretty daisy anemone. It had it's arms spread out wide and snapped them in tight when we got too close.
|Spider crab shell|
|Long antennae mean this is a cricket - really long antennae on this one!|
|Short antennae mean this is a grasshopper|
|Some very helpful swallows|
Then we saw the perfect treasure - there were lots of lovely painted lady butterflies fluttering around, so we collected a handful of them and took them to the pirates. They were very impressed with our amazing treasure and let us go. As soon as we were safely away, the painted ladies flew away from the pirates and were safe as well.