Mystery as hundreds of ‘baseball-like’ sea creatures wash up on UK beach in mass stranding

HUNDREDS of sea potatoes have washed up on a Cornish seaside.

The baseball-like orbs lined a seaside at Wherrytown in Penzance following a spell of moist and windy climate.

A whole bunch of sea potatoes have been noticed on a Penzance seaside
Rosie Hendricks

Rosie Hendricks was on the seaside earlier at present together with her daughter, sister and nephew when she seen the “odd-looking” creatures.

Ms Hendricks, from Penzance, who had by no means seen something prefer it earlier than, mentioned: “I wasn’t certain what they have been.”

Different beach-goers have been puzzled by the mysterious trying orbs.

They’re, in truth, are frequent species of urchin often called sea potatoes. They’re associated to starfish and are usually lined with little spines.

The small heart-shaped orbs are sea potatoes, a sea urchin that lives buried in sandy and muddy sea beds throughout UK coasts
Rosie Hendricks

Two years in the past 1000’s of sea potatoes have been found at Lengthy Rock, close to Penzance.

Talking on the time Martin Attrill, director of the marine institute at Plymouth College, mentioned: “They don’t seem to be dangerous in any respect. Again within the day my daughter, aged about six, loved digging them up and holding them like a pet then letting them burrow dwelling once more.”

On their web site The Wildlife Trusts says: “The Sea Potato is a medium-sized sea urchin that lives buried in sandy and muddy seabeds throughout UK coasts.

“It lives in a burrow between eight and 15cm deep and could be discovered buried on seashores and within the seabed out to depths of 200m.

“It feeds on detritus collected from inside its burrow utilizing its tube toes. When alive, it’s lined in effective, beige spines that give it a furry look. Typically, the empty check (shell) is discovered washed ashore and is white and brittle.”

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