I love getting down to the beach after a good storm and this winter I pretty much could have gone to the beach everyday and found loads of bits to sieve through. It always amazes me the variety of things that was up yet you hardly ever seen anything coming ashore.
When I started beachcombing as a kid I always wanted to find a Goose Barnacle Lepas anatifera in my Collins Guide to the Seashore they looked amazing and I always checked all the driftwood that I found just in case there was a few stuck on the other side. I had imagined turning over a lovely sea-sculpted piece of driftwood, low and behold I was somewhat let down when the first Goose Barnacles I found were smothered around a television! It was the most beautiful TV I have seen though!
|Goose Barnacle - Lepas anatifera|
|Polish Mute Swan - Cygnus olor immutabilis|
When a Polish Swan is a cygnet they are covered in totally white down as opposed to the usual grey down which Mute Swan cygnets are covered in. Gradually when they reach adulthood they lose all traits of being 'Polish' except for the colour of their feet.