An empty Skate egg case, or Mermaid’s Purse, caught up in marram grass on frosted sand dunes at Broughton Bay, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year’s Day 2010. Looking a bit like a fat beetle clinging to the vegetation, the egg case was frozen into position where the wind had blown it from the water’s edge. Minute ice crystals glistened on the dune in the early morning sun. The blades of marram grass and the lower ‘horns’ of the egg case seemed to have been arranged in ready-made holes where the sand grains had frozen together instead of drifting snuggly up to them.
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