Pieces of shale on the beach with holes made by piddocks

After the beach boulders and scattered rusty metal debris, there is sequence of flat rock platforms exposed by the retreating water. They are riddled with holes made by the boring bivalves known as piddocks, some burrows just have empty shells in them but others are still occupied by the living molluscs that squirt water a foot or more into the air at frequent intervals. A velvet swimming crab mooches around the edges of the platforms, and sand tube and mud tube dwelling worms abound on all the surfaces.

12 Replies to “The Beach Below The Spittles 2”

  1. Thanks for this photo of Piddock holes. Indebted to you for explaining how holes in pieces of mud/clay and pebbles come about. Really appreciate your continuing stream of beautiful and revelatory photos.


  2. Thank you, Hamish. I am pleased that my photographs and explanations continue to be appreciated. It makes everything seem more worthwhile as I often wonder whether I should go on with the blog.


  3. Oh please continue with the blog. You explain so many things I have wondered about—and your photographs are so nice. On this post I’m especially drawn to Beneath The Spittles 18 for its visual appeal, but I love knowing about the piddocks and seeing their holes.

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  4. Thank you for your support, Linda. I guess as a fellow blogger you may also have experienced the conflicts of blogging at some time. There can be good days and bad days but I cannot see myself actually giving up on taking photographs.


  5. Interesting example of Glossofungites facies / ichnofacies …..where the remains of or evidence for boring animals [such worms, crustaceans and bivalves] occurs in older semi or partly consolidated sediments, below younger sediments.
    Significant feature within Sequence Stratigraphy.


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