12 Mar 2009

Ragworm...

Nereis, methinks or maybe Hediste diversicolor. Caught in a small rockpool on a sunny day.Just look at the difference in the colours of the animal out of the water and the green of the immersed half. One of these little buggers bit me when I was a kid fishing and they can deliver quite a nip. I was trying to shove a hook through, so fair do's. And if this picture is anything to go by, ragworm spring was in the air... Yep, estuary ragworm boys crawl around releasing sperm at spring tides (it was a spring tide today) which the females them collect. That done, this chap will die.

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