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My Marine Adventures

My name is Jordan Havell and I am 15. Over the last few weeks I have found some very interesting sea creatures on my local beach. The tides and weather have been quite varied. I thought it may be good to share these details with you all.

Our first finds were Blood Red Starfish-having asked around apparently they are referred to Bloody Henry Starfish-species known as Henricia Oculata and Henricia Sanguinolenta. I believe the latter is more likely to be ours.

On the same day we found an Albino Crab. It was very unusual and I have never seen one like it before-having lived here 12 years. I looked up reports and could only find one that related to a find in Cornwall several years ago.

A couple of days later we found a small totally white Starfish. Again it was suggested to us that it maybe Asterias Rubens-Common Starfish, again I cannot find a white one. It was alive so put it back into the tide.

Over the last few weeks we have found numerous Mermaids Purses which have been recorded to The Shark Trust. They consist of a Thornback Ray, several Spotted Rays and some small spotted Catsharks-all listed as least concern on The IUCN Red List.

Just in the last couple of days we have found Crystal Jellyfish-Aequorea Victoria. There were several stranded on the beach close to the tideline. I reported these to The Marine Conservation Society. These Jellyfish are usually found off The West Coast of North America-classified Hydrozoa. Some are solitary and some are colonial and mostly live in Salt water.

They are bioluminescent meaning they are able to produce and emit a light by a living organism. Bioluminescence occurs widely in both marine vertebrates and invertebrates. The last time this species was recorded in The UK from records we have found is The Moray Firth, Scotland in 2009 and in the surface waters off Birsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland in 2011. We cannot find any records of it on The Lincolnshire Coast at all.

It has been a very interesting time here on the coast and am looking forward to finding more unusual creatures very soon.

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