24 Mar 2008

You piddocks.

The holes in this rock are the burrows left by dead piddocks, bivalves of the family pholadidae which use a toothed edge to one of their their two shells to excavate a burrow into soft rock. The holes below were drilled into the beach by pillocks, who came looking for oil. they didn't find any, but the capped boreholes left man-made 50cm wide low-tide rockpools in the shale beach.

4 comments:

FREE RANGE KIDS said...

Oooo, the common pillock! We have lots of those around here too.

nunatak said...

Piddocks and pollocks: I love it.

nunatak said...

Of course I meant pillocks. How embarrassing.

Peter McGrath said...

Well, I was hoping to find a washed up pollock as well, then I could go on a positive orgy of alliteration.

As it was my fishy find was one letter out.